Veterans Day a chance to honor all U.S. veterans

Perry ceremonies start with minor metro media feeding frenzy at Hy-Vee

Members of the Iowa National Guard are engaged in operations in Missouri after record flooding left many people without potable water.

The metro media turned out in force Wednesday morning to cover the Perry Hy-Vee’s free breakfast for veterans. The event kicked of a day-long schedule of Veterans Day activities honoring U.S. veterans.

The television invasion shows Perry’s importance as an emerging media market in central Iowa and does credit to the honor of our local war heroes, such as World War II veteran and Legion of Honor recipient Mahlon Conaway of Perry, who was interviewed by the news teams.

On duty at 6 a.m. sharp at the entrance to the Perry grocery store were members of the U.S. Army’s 1168th Transportation Company, headquartered in Perry. The medium tactical truck company’s crew included Sgt. Ben Gilge of Guthrie Center, Sfc. Rob Jessen of Johnston, Spc. Adam Ridgway of Roland, Spc. Brooklynn Maddison of Newton and Pv2. Mercedes Cross of Fort Dodge.

The 1168th has subordinate units stationed in Audubon and Marshalltown.

American Legion Post 85 Commander Mike Kelley was on hand to chat with reporters and welcome the many veterans who came for breakfast. Kelley, a Vietnam War veteran, said Perry’s Veterans Day events are “some of the most elaborate and most successful ceremonies in Iowa. We’re really proud of our program here at the high school.”

Ceremonies continued with a panel discussion in the Brady Library at Perry High School, followed by the formal Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. in the Perry Performing Arts Center. A catered luncheon in the high school cafeteria rounds out the morning program.

The Perry American Legion will host a potato soup meal from 4-6 p.m. at the Post, 1324 First Ave. in Perry.

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A media figure photographs World War II veteran Mahlon Conaway of Perry, center, Vietnam War veteran Larry Vodenik, right, and Meredith Garmin, television news reporter.
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Many people attended the free breakfast for U.S. veterans at the Perry Hy-Vee Wednesday morning, including Perry artist Betsy Peterson, left, whose public artwork will be unveiled at ceremonies at the Perry Performing Arts Center, and Mike Kelley, right, commander of the American Legion Post 85 in Perry, who chatted with Dallas County Veterans Services Officer Nick Praska.
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Metro media reported from the Perry Hy-Vee Wednesday morning as a free breakfast was served to U.S. veterans.
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Vietnam War veteran and Perry Mayor Jay Pattee, left, Vietnam War veteran and American Legion Post 85 Commander Mike Kelley, center, and Perry Hy-Vee Store Director Matt May welcomed the public and the metro media to the free breakfast for U.S. veterans hosted by Hy-Vee on Veterans Day Wednesday.


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