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Salute a veteran

The election is over now, and our thoughts turn to our local veterans, many of whom have paid the supreme sacrifice to preserve our way of life and to keep our nation free.

This Veterans Day, county residents have several opportunities to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

On Friday Halifax County High School will host its annual Veterans Day program to honor and pay tribute to all local veterans.  

The program will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the high school gym and will feature special music by the high school band and chorus as well as a special “Presentation of Wreaths” by several local veteran organizations.  

Special guest and speaker for the program will be Dr. Merle P. Herndon, superintendent of Halifax County Public Schools.

Other schools will be having programs to honor the veterans this week including Cluster Springs Elementary with a program Thursday at 7 p.m.

Then on Saturday the annual Veterans Day Parade will be held at 11 a.m. in South Boston. Lineup gets under way at 10:30 a.m. on Leigh Street, and anyone wanting to help or participate is asked to contact Cary Ford at 434-470-7977.

New this Veterans Day, the community of Elmo is hosting its first Annual Veterans Day Chili Cook-off on Saturday at the Old Elmo Country Store which has recently re-opened and is one of the new veteran owned businesses.  

So dust off those chili recipes, warm up a pot and enter the Elmo Veteran Day Chili Cook-off.  There is no charge to, nor do participants have to be a veteran to enter.  

Just bring the prepared chili to the Elmo Store no later than 10:45 on Saturday morning to enter the contest.  At 11 a.m. the judging will commence for the best over-all chili, and local judges such as Delegate James Edmunds, Sheriff Fred Clark and Molasses Grill Chef Steve Schopen will taste, select and award a prize to the best overall chili entrant.  

Spectators also can participate as tasters and will be able to cast their vote for the “community choice,” best chili category. 

The Elmo community members’ mantra is “All Roads Lead to Elmo,” and they hope residents of Halifax and surrounding counties will follow the road to Elmo and salute veterans by joining them Saturday.

For additional information about this event, contact Denise Hudson of Hudson Heritage Farms at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kelly Gordon of Springfield Farm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Take a minute this week to remember those who have died and those who are serving today in foreign lands, many miles away from their homes and families. Give thanks that because of what the fallen have done and what the living are doing now, that you can sleep safely in your bed at night.

America’s brave young men and women are on guard for us around the clock.

To every veteran in our midst, we sincerely thank you for your service.