Versailles American Legion members invite public to Veterans Day events

The Versailles American Legion Post #173 invites all veterans and their families, members of the military and their families, as well as members of the community to join them for all or any part of their Veterans Day Programs to be held Thursday, November 11.

The Post will pay tribute to the men and women who have served their country in the United States Armed Forces, as well as those who are currently serving in the military.
The Versailles American Legion Post will begin the day at South Ripley High School with a breakfast served to all veterans in attendance. The breakfast will be followed by a Veterans Day Program conducted jointly by South Ripley students and faculty, the Patriot Academy, the Patriot Guard and the Versailles American Legion Post. The family of Cpl. John C. Bishop will be present as the school pays a special tribute to the fallen Marine, a Versailles native, who was killed in Afghanistan in September of this year.

The Versailles American Legionnaires will then proceed to Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles to conduct a service at the graveside of Cpl. John C. Bishop, who was a member of the Post. Following the ceremony, the Versailles American Legion Post will conclude with a Veterans Day Tribute at the Ripley County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse square.

All military members, veterans and legionnaires are invited to a free evening dinner served by the Versailles American Legion Post.

The schedule for Thursday, November 11 is as follows:

• 8 a.m. Veterans Breakfast, South Ripley High School, Benham Road, Versailles.

• 8:45 a.m. Veterans Day Program, South Ripley High School.

• 10:30 a.m. American Legion Services, Cliff Hill Cemetery, 2nd North Street, Versailles.

• Immediately Following: Tribute to all veterans and members of the military at the Ripley County Veterans Memorial, Southeast Corner of the Ripley County Courthouse, Versailles.

• 7:30 p.m. Free Veterans Dinner: Versailles American Legion Post #173, Water Street, Versailles.

The Post encourages all members of the community on this upcoming Veterans Day, but also throughout the year, to take the time to thank a veteran or a member of the military for their service to our country.