Several activities planned on Veterans Day

For more than 20 years, the Crossroads area has been coming together on Veterans Day and this year will be no different. Area residents are invited to participate in a community-wide event at Howard College Friday at 11 a.m.“Veterans Day is just one day out of 365 that we should stop and take a moment to remember our veterans and say thank you,” said Iva Jo Hanslik, Big Spring VA Medical Center community relations coordinator. After the program there will be an appreciation luncheon for veterans and their families, provided through donations from individuals in the community. “This is a special day, and we should not only remember those who sacrificed so much for us, but also say thank you for all they have given,” Hanslik said. “The numbers we are losing in the war have gone down due to improvements in body armor, but the mental damage is much higher and the stress of returning to their lives back at home become harder to deal with.”Hanslik said statistics show there are about 15 veterans a day committing suicide, due to the difficulty they are having readjusting to their daily lives.Other activities for Friday include the following: Students at Marcy Elementary will have their annual Freedom March at 8:30 a.m. The students will take their march down the Wasson Road side of the school. Hangar 25 Air Museum will be remembering and honoring those who served their country at an ice cream social from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and revealing a new exhibit — Hangar History: A Flight Through. The event is open to the entire community. Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veteran's Home will be honoring their residents at 2 p.m. Friday in a special service. Residents will be presented with a certificate bearing the insignia of the branch of U.S. Armed Forces in which they served. There will be a wreath-laying, singing of the national anthem and a medley of patriotic songs by the Big Spring Junior High Choir and in-memory-of roll call and presentation of flags and branch certificates by VFW Post No. 2013. Balloons will also be released in honor of veterans who have lost their lives after the playing of Taps.