NEW HAVEN — Veterans will be honored over two days in the Town of New Haven, with events set at both the elementary school and the town veterans memorial.
On Tuesday, veterans and their families are invited to New Haven Elementary School for a free spaghetti dinner. Hosted by the school, the dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Last year, about 250 people were served at the event, according to Kim Bond, music teacher and choir director. She said at 6:30 p.m., the choir will present its “Tribute to Veterans.” This program is open to the public, and is also free to attend.
On Wednesday, a ceremony will be held at the New Haven Veterans Memorial at 6 p.m., next to the fire station on Fifth Street. It is being sponsored by the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven, Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason, the Town of New Haven, and Town of Mason.
While the service will honor all veterans, special presentations will be made to three Bend Area World War II vets. They include Sam Halstead, William “Bill” Gibbs, and Milford Mowrey.
John Hood, commander of American Legion Post 39 of Pomeroy, will serve as guest speaker. The New Haven Elementary School Choir, made up of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students, will sing “The Brave” and “Taps.”
According to David Sigman, commander of American Legion Post 140, the P.O.W./M.I.A. remembrance ceremony will be presented, along with a gun salute.
The service is open to the public.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.