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For National County Government Month, the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office has adopted a theme of “Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.”
In doing so, there has been a host of activities to honor veterans.
In March, Lancaster County School District students were invited to participate in “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest. From the entries, four winners were selected and the winning entries are being published in The Lancaster News’ features section. We invite you to read these essays and share in the writers’ pride and thanks for the veterans in their lives. If you have missed an issue, the paper’s business office can provide you a copy.
Really, all the students who entered are to be saluted because they are learning the true meaning of freedom as they share their thoughts of a real hero in their lives.
LearnTV is also taking part as the county school district TV station will air programs that include Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Officer Robin Helms and County Administrator Steve Willis. These segments will feature National County Government Month and the local events, veterans benefits and local military veterans. Be sure and check the LearnTV schedule in The Lancaster News’ Sunday papers.
During April, flags representing each service branch are being posted at the Lancaster County Administration Building on Main Street. Two uniformed servicemen from each branch of the military will post the colors, along with local JROTC cadets. When the flag is raised, the branch’s theme song will be played and a small speech will be delivered by the participating branch.
A highlight this week will be the announcement of the middle school essay contest winner. On April 29, county veterans will be given a tour of the historic Lancaster County courthouse and the essay contest grand prize winner will be announced.
We encourage county veterans and members of their families to attend to see the extensive renovations done on the old courthouse.
We encourage all to take part in this important month to honor our veterans. Tune in to the LearnTV segments, read the winning essays in The Lancaster News and visit the County Administration Building and take a youth and some of their friends to see the colors posted, hear the speech and the playing of the branch’s theme song.
It’s one more way to say thanks to veterans and learn about the freedom we have and the price paid by these patriotic men and women. Show your support by showing your gratitude.