WORTHINGTON — Veterans Day is an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually on Nov. 11. to honor people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a day when citizens of our nation stop and think about the service of countless individuals that have sacrificed so much for so many.

Prairie Elementary will be taking the time to honor our men and women who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces on Friday, Nov. 8. The day will begin in the Prairie Elementary gymnasium with a free breakfast for the veterans and their spouse or guest at 7:30 a.m. A short program will follow the breakfast at 7:45 a.m. with student essays and patriotic songs. Prairie Elementary’s K-Kids will be giving building tours to the veterans following the program in order to show them student work that has been created in their honor.

The K-Kids, which is organized and led by fourth-grade teachers Ashley Doeden and Kirsten Sinnamon, consists of a group of fourth-grade students at Prairie Elementary. The K-Kids work very diligently and closely with the local Early Risers Kiwanis group on several projects such as the Veterans Day program each year. Please join them in recognizing our veterans by attending this breakfast provided by Prairie Elementary School.

The Worthington Middle School Veterans Day Program will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Middle School gymnasium. The theme for the program this year is “Honoring their Service.” WMS students are actively involved in the planning and preparation for the program. This year’s program will include speeches by several WMS students, music presented by the WMS orchestra and also the Festival Singers. A breakfast will be served to the veterans following the program. The WMS students and staff are all very excited to have the opportunity to honor our veterans.

Worthington High School staff and students invite all veterans, their families, and community members to attend their Veterans Day program, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 in the WHS gymnasium. The theme for this year’s program is “What is a Hero?” Please join them in honoring and celebrating our veterans, as they spend time reflecting on what it means to be a soldier and on the sacrifices they have made. Student speakers will present veterans and our community with a show of thanks for service to our country. They will be recognizing local veterans, as well as enjoying performances from the WHS Band and Orchestra. Soloists Delores Soto and Kalea Appel will also provide music for the event. WHS looks forward to seeing you at this special recognition program to honor our beloved veterans.

Cory Van Briesen is an assistant principal at Prairie Elementary.