Show them our thanks, attend a Veterans Day service

Veterans Day is Saturday; and, there are events in our community for veterans on that day. While these events focus on our veterans, the public is welcome to attend. We encourage everyone, veteran or not, to attend as many of these events as possible.

The American Legion Post 229 will host a Veteran’s Day celebration at the Wrens Veteran’s park on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Retired Chief Warrant Officer John Wallace and State Sen. Brian Prince (D-127) are scheduled to speak.

Wallace served on active duty in the US Navy from September 1981 to March 2007. He served on numerous ships including USS New Orleans LPH-11, USS Wisconsin BB-64 and USS Enterprise CVN-65. He served during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the Global War on Terror, Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. After retiring from the Navy, he received a degree in History Education from Mercer University. He has been the Senior Naval Science Instructor at Jefferson County High School since 2011. His focus is to provide Jefferson County young people the opportunity to become successful members of our community. He is the Air Rifle Marksmanship Coach and has coached both boys and girls soccer teams.

Prince retired as a lieutenant colonel from the US Army after 21 years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Fort Valley State University and a Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. He also earned an advanced degree in Military Strategy Operations and Planning from the US Army Command and General Staff College. He was sworn in Dec. 16, 2013. He is a member of five committees including Defense & Veterans Affairs and Appropriations. He also works as a consultant.

Glascock County Historical Society will be thanking veterans for their service and wreaths will be placed in front of monument at the courthouse Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. All veterans and the public are welcome.

Wrens Middle School will hold its annual Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. in the school gym. Immediately following the program, the John Franklin Wren Chapter, NSDAR, will host a reception for attending veterans.

Please check the church listings on page 8B of this week’s edition as a number of local churches will be holding special Veterans Day programs as well.

Come out and show your appreciation for our veterans.