Lockridge honors veterans
LOCKRIDGE — Lockridge Veterans Association and community residents will host the annual Veterans Day Ceremony Saturday morning beginning at the Lockridge Community Center.
The honor guard, community members and guests will meet at 7:45 a.m. at the community center, and march to the Lockridge Cemetery at about 7:50 a.m.
At the cemetery, the flag will be posted at 8 a.m., and those who are assembled will sing the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Rifle team members will fire a volley of rounds, followed by “Taps,” played by Staff Sgt. (Retired) Roger McHone of Fairfield.
After the ceremony at the cemetery, those in attendance can return to the community center for coffee, tea, juice and pastries and a program.
The program, set to begin at 8:45 a.m., will include an update on the Lockridge Veterans Memorial.
The memorial, explained Paul Corbin of the Lockridge Veterans Association, is a 3-by-5-feet glass-enclosed case in the community center containing the names of 305 veterans from Lockridge and surrounding communities. Corbin said anyone who knows of a veteran whose name should be added to the memorial can call him at 319-696-2760.
The program also will include an open reading, prisoner of war and missing in action recognition and a moment of silence. “The Veteran: Who Are They and What Does It Mean” will be presented, also.
“This is not an event just for veterans,” said Corbin, who organizes the ceremony. “We all know someone who went off to war, to fight for the liberties of our country or to provide support for the effort; the effects of which are felt by all members of that family and, in some cases, an entire community. Therefore, I invite each and every one to come out, show your support, share a cup of coffee, hot tea or juice, have a sweet roll and take part in some community fellowship.”
Veterans Day history
Veterans Day got its start in 1953 in Emporia, Kan.
Because Emporia resident Al King wanted to celebrate all military veterans, not just those who served in World War I, he began campaigning to turn Armistice Day into “All Veterans Day.” The Emporia Chamber of Commerce found 90 percent of the city’s merchants and the local school board were willing to close Nov. 11, 1953, to observe the first All Veterans Day.
With the help of then-U.S. Rep. Ed Rees, also from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress, and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law May 26, 1954. That November, the rest of the United States joined with Emporia in celebrating Veterans Day.