By Joseph Knoop
The city of Carmel will once again honor those who served in the military at its Veterans Day Ceremony, set for noon Nov. 10 at the Tarkington Theatre. Attendees will have the opportunity to thank veterans for their service at the free event, which is open to the public.
The event will also include recognition of the winners of the annual poster and essay contests, both of which have on patriotic themes. Essay contest winners will receive a $100 certificate, while poster contest winners will receive $50.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade were eligible for the poster contest while students in middle through high school were encouraged to participate in the essay portion.
Winners of the essay contest will be invited to read aloud their entries during the ceremony. Winning posters will be displayed at the event. Finalist posters will be displayed at the Monon Community Center at Central Park the week prior.
“For essays, they are usually pretty heartfelt,” said Nancy Heck, Carmel director of community relations and economic development. “The kids are thinking about service and community to their nation. Many of them have relatives who have served and they acknowledge that.”
The Carmel Veterans Day event is held one day before the actual recognized date to accommodate the needs of veterans attending the Indianapolis Veterans Day event, which is held on Nov. 11.
“It’s to remind younger generations what the older have done to preserve our freedoms,” Heck said.