The students and staff of Van Horn High School invite all local veterans to a special celebration on Nov. 11. The celebration will begin with an all-school assembly at 10 a.m., at which the school choir will perform the national anthem and a nine-person color guard, composed of cadets from the school, will present the flag.

After the assembly, at 11 a.m., veterans and their spouses will be treated to a luncheon sponsored by the Van Horn student council.

John Musgrave, a 1966 graduate of Van Horn, will speak at the assembly. Musgrave joined the Marine Corps shortly after graduation and served in Vietnam for approximately 11 months. He was so seriously injured during the Battle of Con Thien that he was initially thought by medics to be dead. He was awarded three Purple Heart medals as a result of his injuries.

Although Musgrave continues to cope with disabilities as a result of his war injuries, he has dedicated his life working to help other veterans. While the war continued, he protested against the war with Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Since the end of that war, he has worked to assist other veterans who have suffered PTSD and other effects of battlefield trauma. He currently works with the National Veterans’ Healing and Wellness Center and the U.S. Army Worldwide Stand Down for Suicide Awareness. He is focused on providing needed assistance to post-9/11 vets.

All local veterans are invited to attend this program and to enjoy the luncheon. In order to reserve a meal, please call 816-888-0491. On Nov. 11, go to the school’s main entrance. ROTC cadets will assist in locating the auditorium.

– Examiner staff