In the United States, Veterans Day is usually observed on Nov. 11. However, since it occurs on a Sunday this year, then the following Monday is designated as the official holiday. Originally called Armistice Day, it was initially celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919, on the first anniversary of the war. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day. And unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans – living or dead – but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Today at Arcanum High School there will be a Veterans Day Assembly from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Local veterans are encouraged to attend and to sit in the front seats by the podium. This year’s speaker will be 2002 AHS graduate Lt. Luke Marshall. Luke was born in Dayton, but moved to Arcanum in his youth and was very active in the community. He is currently stationed at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Command at The Ohio State University as an assistant professor of naval science, teaching navigation and naval operations to midshipmen.
Don’t forget to support the Darke County Pregnancy Help Center by attending an excellent concert. This Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. The Collingsworth Family will perform in Concert at the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St. in Greenville. Come and enjoy an evening as this exceptional family shares their musical talent as witness for Christ. Proceeds for this event will go to the Darke County Pregnancy Help Center, Inc.; general admission tickets are still available at $20 each by calling 937-423-4836. In the past this event has been heavily supported by the churches in southern Darke County and organizers wish to thank all those who have attended in the past. Arcanum resident Lois Monroe was the former director of the DCPHC in Greenville and continues to support the organization and its beliefs of the sanctity of life and the promotion of family life. The DCPHC is a local non-profit located at 105 W. Third St. in Greenville. If you are interested in learning more about the center you can reach them via email at email@example.com or their website: http://www.dcphc.org/
A Night in Bethlehem – Experience the sights, sounds, and excitement of the very first Christmas with your whole family at this free, interactive Christmas experience at Eaton First Church of God, Dec. 7, 8 and 9 nightly at 7 p.m. Eaton FCOG is located at 601 Lexington Road East, Eaton. Visit shopkeepers in the marketplace, see exotic animals, meet characters from the Christmas story, create special keepsake crafts, enjoy delicious treats, and end the night with a live nativity and candlelight worship. Please note: Some stations are outside, so dress accordingly. To guarantee a seat at the closing musical celebration, reserve free tickets ahead of time. Once tickets are sold out, we will try to find a seat for you, but performances may be standing room only. If you reserve tickets and end up unable to use them, please cancel your order through Eventbrite to return them so we can give them to others.
Congratulations to Arcanum High School for receiving the Keep Ohio Beautiful Award for School Groups! Special thanks to AHS Principal Jason Stephan and members of the planning committee: Lora Brandon, Sarah Murphy, Andrew Bryant, Alychia Wright, Evette Paul, and Annie Lawson. Also thanks to Krista Fourman and Keep Darke Beautiful for the nomination. Thank you Keep Ohio Beautiful for a Presentation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony that was held last week.
The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society invite you to attend their upcoming bazaar on Nov. 23 and 24. They are located at 123 W. George St. in Arcanum. Thank you for your generosity and support. This is our annual fundraiser to help support the local historical society and fund their operations, building, and events of education and preservation. This is “The” event of the year with the best prices and nicest gently-used Christmas decorations that you’ll find. You don’t want to miss it!
Congratulations to the members of the Arcanum High School Marching Band and Mrs. Marsh on their Superior rating at State Band Contest last weekend at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. The best you can be is a Superior or a I rating – way to go, Arcanum Band!
“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” ~ Dan Lipinski
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” ~ Douglas MacArthur
Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.