Veteran Stories Veterans Day 2018 Hilltop Health Care Center held a Veterans Day program for its residents and their families Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11. Seated (front row) are John “Jack” Werner, George Pfeffer, Joe Nistler, Val Riley, Fr. Richard Gross, George Kummet, Merlin Stelton, Wayne Paulson, and Alfred Holstad. In the back row, mostly local veterans who helped to put on the program, are Don Schmidt, Alvin Jungles, Ralph Kramer, Elmer Neu, Frank Eder, Art Faber, Jerry Lang, Gene Haag, Erwin Huckenpohler, Art Asfeld, Harold Och, and Peter Schnichles. Not pictured are residents Ken Bates and Scott Johansen. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Lavern “Vern” and Eileen Hennen of Watkins were honored as Gold Star parents during the Veterans Day program at Hilltop. Their son, Sgt. Patrick Ernest Hennen, was killed May 8, 1970; they received the news that year on Mother’s Day. Pat had volunteered for the Army and was sent to Vietnam; he served inA Co, 1st Bn, 22nd Infantry, 4th Inf Div, USARV. He was 20 years old when he shot and killed in Cambodia. Submitted photo. The Eden Valley-Watkins Junior Choir performed “America, I Give My Thanks to You!” for a packed house in the Peps Neuman Gym at EV-W high school. The Senior Band, Junior Band, 5th and 6th grade Choir, and Senior Choir also performed. In addition, Andrew Hopfensperger and Morgan Everett played a “Taps” duet. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua. EV-W alumna SPC Brandi Asfeld was the invited guest speaker at this year’s Veterans Day program at EV-W. Don Dufner served as emcee, and Rev. Bryan Hopfensperger gave the invocation. The posting and retreat of colors at the beginning and end of the program included local Legions and Auxiliaries, VFW, POW-MIA Honor Guard, and Cub and Boy Scouts. During the Kimball Veterans Day program, Robert Spoden helped with the Auxiliary’s demonstration of the table set for one, representative of those thousands of POW/MIA who are still missing from us. Photo courtesy of Kaitli Schindele. The Kimball American Legion Auxiliary presented a Veterans Day program at the high school Monday morning, Nov. 12, and the community was invited. Members of the audience who are veterans were invited to sit up front along with Legion and Auxiliary members. 2018 Girls Stater Haley Robben (at the podium, center) spoke during the program. Photo courtesy of Kaitli Schindele.