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Area schools will honor veterans

Three schools districts in northern Logan County will honor area veterans Monday, which is Veterans Day.

The Paris School District, the County Line School District and the Scranton School District are all hosting special ceremonies Monday.

Also, members of Chapter 39 of the Disabled American Veterans in Paris will mark Veterans Day with a flag raising ceremony at the Logan County Courthouse in Paris. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m.

The Paris district ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at Paris Middle School. Veterans and their families will be served lunch by school students. At 12:30 p.m., a tribute to veterans will be held in the school’s auditorium. Guest speakers at the lunch include a representative of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Arkansas. Guest speakers at the tribute event include U.S. Sen. John Bozeman, R-Arkansas, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and a representative of Gov. Mike Beebe.

During the ceremony, those attending will also see the top entries from students in the school’s annual Veterans Day Tribute contest. Students began working on the projects in early October, according to PMS teacher Ellen Phillips, who is coordinating the event.

Entries in the contest can take the form of a multi-media presentation, written poems, essays or letters, Phillips said.

The entire student body at the school participates. Once entries are turned in, students pick the top two entries for each grade level and they’ll be presented at the Monday event, Phillips said.

“Eight or nine projects will be presented at the tribute,” Phillips said. “We’re expecting a packed house again this year.”

Area veterans and their families are invited to attend.

The Scranton School District will begin its tribute to veterans with an assembly at 11 a.m. At the assembly, area veterans will be presented to the students and a slide show will be shown, according to Paul Siebenmorgen, the Scranton district teacher coordinating the events.

Following the assembly, area veterans and their families will be served lunch at the American Legion building in Scranton.

Siebenmorgen said the Scranton High School Student Council and FCCLA students put the tribute together. Area veterans and their families are invited to attend.

At 2 p.m. Monday, the County Line School District will hold a veterans tribute assembly in the district’s auditorium. Fifth and sixth grade students will present patriotic songs at the event.

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