GUERNSEY—This year’s Veterans Day program, set for Friday, November 8 will feature some very special guests in the east gym of Guernsey-Sunrise Schools.
At 9 a.m., the 67th Army Band will showcase their musical talents in an hour-long concert of patriotic music, followed by a tribute to Veterans through the words of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sal Guinta.
Guinta reeceived a Congressional Medal of Honor in 2007 for his oustanding efforts in combat in Afghanistan.
Along with Medal of Honor Society Executive Director of Education Cathy Metcalf, Guernsey-Sunrise Tech Trades instructor Troy Reichert will be presented The National 2019 Medal of Honor Excellence in Character Education Award.
The award recognizes an elementary, middle school, and high school educator each year for excellence in teaching the Medal of Honor Character Development Program (CDP). Each winner will receive a $5,000 prize and will be presented with the award in a special ceremony. The CDP trains educators across the country to teach the values embodied in the Medal to their students. The Excellence in Character Education Award honors teachers who inspire their students to live by the values of the Medal: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism.
Reichert was nominated for his extensive work in combining the curriculum he teaches with real-world, hands-on work experience on a remodel of the local VFW Post building. The community will be the biggest winner in the process as the building is one of few places in the area is large enough to serve as a community center.
The VFW will have a luncheon for veterans and community, beginning at 1100 and running until 1700, at the Lake Guernsey VFW Post Home at 104 South Idaho Street, just off U.S. 26.