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Community Veterans Invited to Student-Led Ceremonies at Geneva Middle Schools
Veterans Day Ceremony at GMS
Nov. 7, 2019
 
On Monday, Nov. 11, veterans are welcome to attend two longstanding all-school Veterans Day ceremonies at Geneva Middle School North and South. GMS students and staff have invited their families and the veterans in their lives to be their guests at these student-led events, which will honor all individuals who have served our country.    
 
The scheduled keynote speaker at Geneva Middle School North is decorated Vietnam veteran Capt. Van C. Stone, who this year attended a Sept. 18 Honor Flight to D.C. More information about Capt. Stone is included below.   Captain Van Stone
 
Members of the media are also encouraged to attend the ceremonies, interview participants, and photograph the powerful events as they unfold.  
 
What: Geneva Middle School North Annual Veterans Day Ceremony 
Date: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 
Where: Geneva Middle School North Blue Gym, 1357 Viking Drive 
Time: 8:30 a.m.   
 
What: Geneva Middle School South Annual Veterans Day Ceremony 
Date: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 
Where: Geneva Middle School South Contest Gym, 1415 Viking Drive 
Time: 8:45 a.m.  
 
Students ask questions of veterans at a previous ceremonyHere is some additional information regarding the ceremonies: 
  • Student involvement includes the social studies classes and clubs; performances by the eighth-grade choirs, bands, and orchestras; and numerous student speakers.
  • At GMS South, veterans are invited to talk with students following the conclusion of the ceremonies during a continental breakfast in the cafeteria.
  • Captain Van C. Stone, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Geneva resident, will deliver a keynote speech at GMS North. He served in the Army from 1968-1971 with assignments in armor and infantry. He served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 and concluded his service at Fort Polk, La., as Company Commander of E/5/2. He returned to civilian life, graduating from Washburn Law School and has spent the last four decades as a lawyer, banker, executive director of an Illinois charity, and public speaker. For nearly five decades, Captain Stone has spoken at veteran events, given motivational seminars, and taught charities applicable law.
 
We hope you can join us at one or both of these schools to witness these powerful ceremonies honoring our veterans.