Elk County school districts are observing Veterans Day prior to the Sunday holiday this year with programs planned today and tomorrow.

St. Marys Area School District will hold a program, which is open to the public, at 1 p.m. Friday at the high school.

“It is our gift to the veterans of our local school community,” Principal Joe Schlimm said. “We want our veterans to know that we admire, respect, and appreciate them. It is our small way of saying thanks.”

Schlimm encouraged veterans to attend.

According to event notes, the district will use the program to spotlight post traumatic stress disorder. Speakers will include Summer Herring, a student who will speak on behalf of Todd Parisi; and Mike Wolfel, father of Adam Wolfel. Both Parisi and Wolfel were local Marines who succumbed to PTSD.

The event will also include a slideshow featuring 121 family members of district staff that have served.

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Ridgway High School will hold a Veterans Day assembly at 11 a.m. today.

Ridgway Police Chief Ralph Tettis will introduce guests and Dr. John D. Piccolo will speak.

Student Veterans Day essay winners will read and a number of musical selections will be featured.

According to notes provided at Monday’s meeting of the Elk County Board of Commissioners, Johnsonburg Area High School will hold a program at 9 a.m. today. Attempts to contact the Johnsonburg Area School District administration for information on the event were unsuccessful.

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