Weekend filled with Veterans Day events

Published 2:11 pm Friday, November 10, 2017

Celebrating Veterans Day has become a major event in Winchester, with every school having its own celebration and others within the community.

On Saturday, there will be a community service at the gymnasium at College Park at 11 a.m. According to the schedule of events, Benedict Brown, U.S. Navy ret., will be the featured speaker during the event.

The JROTC unit from George Rogers Clark High School will present a medley of military service, lead the Pledge of Allegiance and present and retire the colors.

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Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner, a former Marine, will also offer a reading during the event.

Saturday afternoon, World War II veteran Albert Wess will speak at the Clark County Public Library about his experiences as a driver with the Red Ball Express.

The Express was a convoy of truck delivering supplies to Gen. George S. Patton’s troops and the First Army  at distances of 350 to 400 miles. Most of the convoy’s drivers were African Americans, at a time when they weren’t placed in combat roles.

The program is sponsored by the Winchester Black History and Heritage Committee and will be at 1 p.m. at the Clark County Public Library.

Other scheduled events include:


— 8 a.m., Baker Intermediate School

— 8:30 a.m., Strode Station Elementary

— 1 p.m., Shearer Elementary School

— 1 p.m., Justice Elementary School

— 1:30 p.m., George Rogers Clark High School


— 9 a.m., Campbell Junior High School

— 5-9 p.m., Golden Corral Veterans Appreciation Event

Thursday, Nov. 16

— 5:30 p.m., JROTC flag retirement ceremony, George Rogers Clark High School

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