Itawamba County schools will recognize the service of local veterans during special Veterans Day ceremonies, beginning this week.

Observed annually on Nov. 11 since 1926, Veterans Day is set aside as a time to recognize and honor the sacrifices made by members of the United States military, regardless of branch. Once called “Armistice Day,” the name was officially changed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there were 18.5 million living U.S. veterans in 2016, the last time the number was tabulated.

Itawamba Agricultural High School

IAHS will hold its annual Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. inside the school’s gym. The guest speaker will be 1st Lt. Harris L. Bryan, Jr. of the United States Army. Area veterans are invited to attend. Parking for Veterans will be available in the teacher’s parking lot behind the gym. Following the program, the school will host a reception for veterans and their families inside the library.

Mantachie High School

Local veterans are invited to attend Mantachie Attendance Center’s Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 9:45 a.m. inside the high school gymnasium. Ricky Lesley will be the guest speaker.

Tremont Attendance Center

Students and teachers in Tremont welcome area veterans to join them on Monday, Nov. 11, for a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. inside the school gymnasium.

Following the program, veterans and their guests are invited to enjoy lunch inside the school cafeteria. Those who plan to attend are asked to contact the school at 662-652-3391 to help organizers plan appropriate accommodations.

Fairview Attendance Center

Bryan Simmons will be the guest speaker at Fairview Attendance Center’s Veterans Day Program, set for Monday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. inside the school gym. All area vets are invited to attend.

Dorsey Attendance Center

Students and teachers at Dorsey Attendance Center invite local veterans and their families to join them during the school’s Veterans Day celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. Retired colonel Roger Johnson will be the guest speaker.

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