Trinity Lutheran School will honor veterans Friday with a host of activities.

And Principal Greg Rathke hopes area residents attend a special event — the 15th Annual Veterans Day program — at 1:30 p.m.

Before the program, activities begin with Vietnam veteran Vern Greunke of Cedar Bluffs speaking to students in grades 5-8 at 9 a.m.

Amber Gralheer of Fremont, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, will speak to students in grades kindergarten through eighth at 10 a.m.

Trinity’s seventh and eighth grade students will serve a free meal to veterans at 12:30 p.m.

Approximately 300 people typically attend the annual Veterans Day program in the church sanctuary at 1546 N. Luther Road.

A host of activities are planned for this year’s event.

Major Amy Johnson, mother of fifth-grade student Quinlan Johnson, is the featured speaker and will be introduced by her son.

The Rev. Dan Heuer, associate pastor, will tell the story behind the “Star Spangled Banner” song.

Rathke will sing the song.

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More than 130 Trinity students will sing as well. Those in grades kindergarten through second will sing “I Love this Country.” Grades 3-4 will sing “Because of You.” Students in grades 5-8 will sing “Let Freedom Ring.”

World War II veteran Al Zieg will give all new Trinity students a gold $1 coin with a president on one side and the Statue of Liberty on the other.

Recognition of the different branches of the military with a medley of their songs will take place as well.

Rathke invites area residents to attend the program.

“We want to, first and foremost, have an opportunity to honor our veterans and then secondly allow others to celebrate with them,” he said.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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