Veterans Day will be observed with ceremonies at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium and hosted by members of VFW Post #2295. LTC John Cunningham will be the guest speaker.
Ceremonies will be opened at 10 a.m. by Ronald Hersom, Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post #2295. Participating in ceremonies to honor veterans will be the Rev. Curtis DeFord, Chaplin; Emmetsburg Catholic School Choir, under the direction of Kelley Fog; and Emmetsburg High School Band, under the direction of Aaron Phillips.
Guest speaker LTC John Cunningham is a native of Palo Alto County, born in Emmetsburg and graduated from Ayrshire Consolidated School. He enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard in December 1985, as a Cannoneer for Service Battery 1-194th FA. He served in that role until he received his commission from the Iowa Military Academy in 1990.
LTC Cunningham is the current Commander of the 1st Battalion 194th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Comant Team, 34th Infantry Division. He is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Iowa Army National Guard.
Cunningham has held a variety of command and staff assignments within the National Guard. His commands include Battery C, 1-194th FA and Battalion Rear Det Commander, and now Battalion Command. He has also been the Brigade Fire Support Officer and ECOORD for 2BCT. He has deployed as an ETT Tm Chief to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His most recent deployment was with Task Force Red Bulls to Afghanistan as the Parwan, Operation Coordination Center (OCC-P) Commander.
John and Susan Cunningham and their four children reside near Fort Dodge.
VFW Post #2295 will observe its 80th Anniversary this year. In recognition, there will be a pork dinner served at the Post Home on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Emmetsburg Rotary will host the Veteran's Memorial Wall Dedication this Friday, Nov. 11. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palo Alto County Election Center in Emmetsburg. A free will offering will be accepted.
The Veteran's Wall construction is now complete. Additional donations will be used to purchase equipment to engrave the names of Palo Alto County Veterans on the granite wall. The wall will honor and memorialize deceased veterans.