Sometimes you can recognize them by their baseball caps emblazoned with their former military branch or unity (like my dad). Other times they blend in perfectly and you're surprised when you find that a friend or neighbor is a veteran. But there is one day when many veterans, no matter how low key they are the other 364 days of the year, stand up and say, "I served!"
Veterans Day is fast approaching and this year it falls on a Sunday. Sunday brunch -- what a perfect way to celebrate the service of the veteran in your life. There are many events for veterans happening throughout the county in the next week. But even if you won't be attending an event, why not just say "Thanks" to a veteran you know next Sunday.
Friday, November 9
Veterans Day Assembly
At Tamaqua Area high School at 7:25 am. everyone is invited.
Veterans Program and Breakfast
At Minersville Area High School starting at 8:30 am
Veterans residing in the Minersville School District can register at 570-544-1400 Ext. 1009. Please call by November 7
Veterans Day Assembly
At Tri-Valley High School, Hegins at 1 pm. Cofee and refreshments at 10:30 am, homestyle meal at 11:30 am.
At Church of Nazarene, Route 901, Lavelle from 4 pm to 7 pm. free for veterans and their spouses.
Saturday, November 10
At Lehigh Valley Hospital, E. Norwegian Street in the Wall Auditorium (third floor) from 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Schuylkill County veterans and current members of the US military can register at 888-402-LVHN or LVHN.org/vetbreakfast
Sunday, November 11
At St. Luke's Hospital-Miners Campus in the hospital cafeteria from 7 am to 10 am
Veterans breakfast is free and their guests can eat for $4. There will also be health screenings, prizes and more.
Register at 866-STLUKES prompt 4 or www.go.activecalendar.com/sluhn/event/veterans-breakfast-1
Veterans Day Brunch
At St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church parish center, Pottsville at 11:30 am (immediately after 11 am Mass) Brunch is free for veterans and $5 for non-veterans. Sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 615
Veterans Day Dinner
At American Legion Post 38, Schuylkill Haven at noon
For all veterans and one guest each. Please call 570-385-5013 for information.
Monday, November 12
Prayer Service and Breakfast
At Trinity Academy, Cherry & Chestnut Streets, Shenandoah starting at 8:30 am
All area veterans can register at 570-462-3927 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Day Program
At Shenandoah Valley High School at 11 am. There will also be a flag retirement ceremony at Columbia Hose Company (across the street from school) at 9:30 am
Wednesday, November 14
At Schuylkill County VA Clinic, 1410 Laurel Blvd., Suite 2 from 11 am to 2:30 pm
To learn about your veterans benefit register at 570-622-1995 by Nov. 9
Thursday, November 15
Holiday Cards for Veterans
At Orwigsburg Free Public Library starting at 6 pm
Stop by to make a holiday card or two for local veterans or active military personnel. All ages are welcome to write a letter, draw a picture or create a card. the library will take care of distributing them -- all you have to do is bring your creativity.
Tuesday, November 20
At Rosewood, 401 University Drive, Schuylkill Haven between 8 am and 10 am
All area veterans can register at 570-385-0557
Not all veterans easily find their way back into civilian life after service. To help them, the James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, 1112 W. Market Street, Pottsville is collecting new or gently used sweaters, gloves and clothing throughout the month of November. Help our nation's veterans in need through Operation Sweaters for Veterans.