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Honor a Veteran

The Honor a Veteran program encourages Nebraska schools to hold Veterans Day events to pay tribute to veterans in their communities.

The program, sponsored by Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, is designed to enhance civics education and recognize the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.

Students are asked to provide the names of relatives or friends (living or deceased) who have served in the military. They also can be currently serving in the military. Nominees are invited to attend the event where the names of nominated servicemen and women are read as part of the event.

The event might include such elements as the presentation of colors, the national anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, a history of Veterans Day, patriotic music, a keynote speech, and a short video or slide show.

The statewide program was modeled after a successful event at Grand Island's Barr Middle School to commemorate Veterans Day.

“I was so impressed by the Barr event that I want other Nebraska schools to hold similar events,” Gale said. “The event becomes especially meaningful to the students since they have a connection with the veterans being honored.”

Planning aids and a speakers bureau to help put on a school event are available through the links at the top of this page. For further information about the program, call (402) 471-1572 or email