Belle Fourche schools are firming plans for the annual middle school and high school Veterans Day programs Monday, Nov. 12.

Middle school students and faculty have led the Northern Hills area in Veterans Day programs.

The school is highlighted by the public 2 p.m. Nov. 12 program at the school gym. The school also has classroom studies on American military history with a focus on area veterans during the weeks before Veterans Day.

For the public program, teacher Reva Potter said, "We're doing an old fashioned patriotic celebration incorporating readings and presentations by kids in an old country school style."

That will include traditional and recent readings and a presentation of the Young Citizens League."

The middle school public program also includes presentation of patriotic essay awards and naming an outstanding supporter of the school's Veterans Day programs.

She said students are working to update the school's list that aims to have names of every Belle Fourche veteran recognized. Traditionally the long list is posted on the school gym wall for the public Veterans Day program.

At Belle Fourche High School, government teacher Phil McNally is working with students and faculty for the day's first public program at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center theater.

The Northern Hills' 842nd Engineer Company will be featured in the program with main speaker Sgt. 1st Class Blaine Anderson and a color guard from the unit just returned from Afghanistan.

McNally said the school choir and band will provide music for a program focused on Medal of Honor and distinguished service awards.

A veteran of the year from the community will be announced during the program. Last year the 842nd was named the veterans of the year as a group while they were settling in for a year's service in Afghanistan.

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