American Legion Post #273 conducted traditional Veterans Day ceremonies at the Bellevue High School on Monday, Nov. 12. All veterans and those currently serving from the various branches of the United States military were honored in song and prayer.  The featured speaker for the program was Command Sgt. Major (Ret.) Rick Ernst of Bellevue, who is currently the Director of the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center at the University of Dubuque, where he serves as Veterans Admission and Assistance Coordinator. Ernst spoke about the importance of service to the country, and also spoke about the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, as well as the 100th anniversary of the American Legion In 2019. Veterans at the ceremony were honored by the Armed Forces Salute by the BHS band, while the choirs from both Marquette Catholic and Bellevue Public, came together to pay their respects through a rendition of ‘God Bless America.’ The Post 273 Color Guard conducted the Volley Salute and Taps.  See more photos and complete coverage of the event, including the presentation of Quilts of Valor, in next week’s Bellevue Herald-Leader.