Veteran's Day

Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will conduct traditional Veterans Day ceremonies at the Bellevue High School on Monday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

Those veterans and those currently serving from the various branches of the United State military will be honored in song and prayers.

The featured speaker for the program will be 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, who also has a bachelor of science degree from Columbia Southern is a 1981 graduate of Bellevue High School who served in the United States Army from 1983 to 2014.

He will speak about the importance of service to the country, as well as touching on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the 100th anniversary of the American Legion In 2019.

Along with the program veterans at the ceremony will be  honored by the Armed Forces Salute by the BHS band. The choirs from both Marquette Catholic and Bellevue Public, will come together to pay their respects through song.

Traditionally, the Post 273 Color Guard will play the Volley Salute and Taps. After the salute, the retirement of Colors will begin, also conducted by the Post 273 Color Guard. This traditional ceremony has been at the High School for many years, and people from the community are welcome to attend.

Following the ceremony at the high school, the Bellevue Student Council will be hosting a veterans dinner. It will take place at Horizon Hall from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and The Riverview Hotel will be catering.