Veterans Day programs were held in Sleepy Eye on Friday, Nov. 9.

The Sleepy Eye Honor Guard traditionally visits both St. Mary’s and Sleepy Eye Public School for Veterans Day programs. This year the events were held on Friday morning, Nov. 9. In addition, a special program was held at noon at Veterans Memorial Park, in conditions that could be described as brisk (or cold and windy with flurries) to recognize the recent project to provide U.S. flags to local business places.

The program at St. Mary’s School featured two high school teachers, new on staff this year, both U.S. Army veterans. Social Studies teacher, Jonathan Ceplecha, spoke about the history of U.S. military philosophy and training. Math teacher, Rick Peters, told the students about his decision to serve.

Also speaking at both schools was Lt. Col. Jeff Larson (a St. Mary’s graduate) who has made the military his career. Serving as Chief of Dental Services at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Tex., Larson asked the students to consider military service. He reminded everyone that veterans have provided our freedoms in the United States.

Speaking at Sleepy Eye High School and the Veterans Memorial Park programs was Tom Goetz, President First Security Bank, who is also a U.S. Army veteran. Goetz spoke about the bank’s decision to provide U.S. flags to local businesses.

Rick Mages, representing the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard and American Legion, was the master of ceremonies at the school programs. Mages presented each school with a $1,000 contribution from the Servicemen’s Club Charitable Gambling Fund to be used for arts and athletic programs.