Veterans Day around the valley included a variety of events taking place across Payette County, honoring the men and women who have served in the military.
Lions Park on the east end of Payette saw members of American Legion Post 33 from Payette and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9036 from New Plymouth come together to honor veterans at the Payette County Veterans Memorial monument. Commander Gary Duff of the American Legion said his organization has been holding the ceremony here annually since the monument was dedicated in 2014, with 2019 being the first year the VFW has helped out.
Schools across Payette County were in session on Veterans Day, with Fruitland School District hosting assemblies at their various school sites to honor local veterans and teach students what their service means to our country.
At Fruitland High School, several students set a table for one to honor Prisoners of War and those who went Missing in Action. The various pieces of the place setting represented the effects of war upon these missing and imprisoned servicemen and women, as well as the effect such has on their families back home.
In Fruitland, Modern Auto Service hosted free oil changes for local veterans and their spouses. Vale High School’s auto program sent several of its students to help maximize the number of veterans served, as well as to gain real-world experience.
Modern Auto’s Owner Ryan Baxter brought this Veterans Day tradition to Fruitland after working for a shop in the Boise area that
had a similar
program in place.