Several Veterans Day events are scheduled in the area through Nov. 11.
Crawford Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, as the only facility in Crawford County contracted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will host a Nov. 11 ceremony to honor veterans, said administrator Toni Holderfield.
Crawford’s ceremony at 2 p.m. will honor their resident veterans and the father of a staff member who will be receiving a lifetime achievement award for his military service.
Van Buren’s 13th annual Veterans Day Parade will be Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street.
The parade begins at the Crawford County Courthouse and will travel east on Main Street to the First Baptist Church parking lot.
Volunteers from Arvest Bank will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for veterans in the Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 5 p.m.
Volunteers and participants should contact Les Thomas Jr. at (479) 652-3374 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Smith’s Veterans Day Parade will be on Saturday beginning at noon at Chaffee Crossing.
Veterans organizations from all branches of the military, area police, fire and county sheriff’s departments, school groups, civic organizations, car clubs and other community organizations are encouraged to participate in both parades.
Veterans Day celebrations also are planned Monday at three area schools.
Alma Middle School will hold its annual Veteran’s Day celebration Friday, Nov. 7. Students will celebrate America’s heroes through music and presentations.
All local veterans are invited to attend the AMS event at the Alma Performing Arts Center, beginning with breakfast service for veterans at 8 a.m.
Veterans will be recognized by the Van Buren High School Junior ROTC during the Veterans Day Ceremony in the Clair Bates Arena at 9 a.m., said Junior ROTC teacher Maj. Mike Akins.
This ceremony is open to all military veterans and those who wish to honor them. Master of ceremonies and ceremony commander of cadets will be Cadet Lt. Col. Ty Finch.
Van Buren High School Honors History classes will share patriotic presentations with the military veterans, and the high school band and choir will perform.
After the ceremony, there will be refreshments provided by the FCCLA Club in their classroom for the veterans attending and their guests.
A similar event is scheduled at 1 p.m. in the gym at the Van Buren Freshman Academy.
Prior to the Nov. 11 event, Akins will take a group of about 20 cadets to the Fort Smith National Cemetery to decorate graves, he said.
Akins also will be the keynote speaker during a Veteran’s Day ceremony Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the national cemetery.
A children’s choir and other area musicians, along with the River Valley Community Band and the Fort Smith Firefighters Bagpipes and Drum Corps, will give patriotic performances throughout the ceremony.
"Taps" will be performed by two students from Southside High School. The ceremony will include honor guard, a rifle salute and memorial placing of the wreath.