Programs to honor Veterans Day this Friday

This year’s Veterans Day observance in Grant will feature Senator Dan Hughes of Venango.

The 61st annual observance of Veterans Day will be Friday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Perkins County High School. This year the event is hosted by American Legion Post No. 270, Venango.

After the advancement and posting of colors, Pastor Ben Francisco of Zion Lutheran Church will lead the invocation.

The Perkins County High School Band, under the direction of Jasmine Schafer, will perform the National Anthem after the Pledge of Allegiance.

Kurt Hatteberg, American Legion Post No. 270 commander, will offer the welcome and introduce other post commanders.

This year’s Boys and Girls State representatives will be introduced by Betsy Marquardt, the Venango Auxiliary Chairperson for Girls State.

One minute of silence for deceased veterans will precede Senator Hughes’ remarks.

After a musical presentation by the high school band and vocal music under the direction of Schafer and Conrad Gachne, the roll call of deceased veterans will precede the playing of “Taps,” the benediction and the retiring of colors.

A free ham and bean feed at the Grant Legion Hall will follow the program and is sponsored by the Elsie, Madrid, Grant and Venango American Legion posts.

Perkins County third graders will be hosting a program at the elementary school beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Dan Hughes

Senator Dan Hughes was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in November 2014. He has spent his time in the legislature working tirelessly for the people of the 44th Legislative district, which includes Perkins and nine other counties in southwestern Nebraska. 

He is currently chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and serves on the executive board of the legislature. He is also a member of the Transportation and Telecommunication committee.

Hughes grew up in the Venango area, graduating from Venango High in 1974. After college he returned to the family farm with his new bride, Josie Hahn, from Elsie. Together they have lived and farmed in northern Chase and southern Perkins Counties for over 40 years. 

Hughes has always been active in his community, serving on the Perkins County School Board for 12 years, as well as holding many county, state and national offices, primarily promoting agriculture.

Currently Dan and Josie are joined on the Hughes family farm by their children, Ashley and Tim Colglazier of Grant, and Tyler and Ellen Hughes of Venango. 

Wallace Program

Wallace School will be hosting their annual Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 10.  

The K-12 music department will perform under the direction of LaDonna Swedberg.  Student speakers will read winning essays about patriotism.  

Veterans and their families are invited for rolls and coffee after the program in the school cafeteria.

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