The Norway Current-Menominee County News 11-16-2016

VOLUME 12 ISSUE 46 2016

November 16, 2016

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N ORWAY V ETERANS D AY P ROGRAM

BUD & CHOPPERS IRVING

On Veterans Day, November 11, a program was held in the Norway Fine Arts center to honor all who have served our country in the military. The program was started by Master of Ceremonies Dennis Lynch welcoming all of those in attendance. The pledge of Allegiance was led by President of the Norway High School student council, Sierra Gonzales. This was followed by the Norway high School chous singing the National Anthem. Brett Houle did a reading of “In Flanders Fields” which in turn was followed by a beautiful piece done by the Norway High School chorus called “Song for unsung heros” The guest speaker for the event was Ken

Choppers is a service dog owned by Bud Irving of Escanaba. Chopper accompanies Bud on most outings to and from VA Medical centers across the U.P. Bud often transports Veterans in need of medical attention. His sidekick Choppers never fails to bring a smile and much needed inspiration to his passengers. Bud had many stories to tell about how Choppers seemed to know instinctively when someone was in need of special attention. The NCA Jets had a few questions regarding Bud’s special companion Choppers. Post 244 of Powers, MI held programs at both the High School and Elementary School. A brief presentation regarding flag etiquette by Jan Hafeman and poems read by Mike LaBonte and Steve Naser. The program also consisted of a short film on PTSD and how a dog helped a veteran and the history and meaning of Veterans Day. Chopper’s presence gave a first hand look at a dog’s ability to help Veterans. Bud is a Korean War Purple Heart Recipient. Prior to owning Chopper, Bud owned another service dog named Chubbers. Two Elementary Students greet Choppers and Bud Irving at the recent Veteran’s Day Program at held at the school Post 340 American Legion Holds Veteran’s Program The Floriano-Stecker- Kelly American Legion post 340 of Hermansville held a Veterans’ Day Program at 11:00 AM on November11th at the Veteran Memorial located on First Street. Commander James Wash greeted spectators, NCA band played patriotic selections. The program started with the color guard, legionnaires and the band marching from the post to the memorial marker. Color guard stood near the marker while the flag was raised. Walt Bellmore layed the wreath. A lunch was provided by the American Legion Auxiliary at the post hall immediately following the ceremony.

Featured speaker Ken Davis.

Davis, a retired Iron mountain policeman and DARE officer. He was a former Navy hospital corpsman and combat veteran in the marines during Vietnam. At this time he volunteers at the VA and is a counselor for veterans who have Post Traumatic Stress problems. He gave a talk which was very enlightening to the veteran experience and what it means. The multimedia class of Norway did a slide show that was fantastic. There was some very touching photos of our men and women as they are serving far from home as well as some very cheerful pictures which showed the comradery that all veterans share. Taps were played by Kierstin Seim and A.J. Gerou, followed by the final remarks given by Dennis Lynch. We would like to thank all area veterans for their service as well as everyone who helped put on this program to honor our veterans.

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