Brenda Wade Schmidt
Veteran’s Day will be celebrated with several area events in Moody County.
On Sunday, a 6 p.m. community potluck and program in Flandreau will include a speech by Lt. Col. Tim Schlotterback who was the commander the last time the 1742nd Transportation Company of the South Dakota National Guard went to Iraq.
Schlotterback began his military career by enlisting in the Army in 1989 and completing Basic Training and his advanced training at Fort Sill, Okla., as a cannon crewmember. He was deployed in December 1990 to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm until May 1991. In 1992, he left active duty and returned to South Dakota to join the Army National Guard as an administrative specialist with the 139th Transportation Battalion in Brookings. He graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural engineering in 1997 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in December 1997.
He is currently assigned as the Command Maintenance Evaluation team chief at Joint Force Headquarters in Rapid City and works as a process automation engineer for Poet in Sioux Falls, where he lives.
He has received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Serve Medal, the South Dakota National Guard Distinguished Service Award and several other awards.
The public is invited the potluck and Veteran’s Day program at the William Janklow Community Center. In addition to Schlotterback’s speech, the program will include an invocation and taps with the emcee for the evening by Post Commander Bridget Flannery.
The event is sponsored by the Moody Post 3351 of the VFW.
Veterans are invited to meet at the high school lunchroom at 8:30 a.m. Monday for rolls and coffee before the 9 a.m. program at the school.
Veterans will process together to the gym while the third and fourth grade honor choir sings. The Flandreau Indian School Jr. ROTC will present the colors.
Retired Master Sergeant Christopher VanBriesen will present a message on five reasons to stand for the American flag, and Voice of Democracy winner will read their entry.
School Resource Officer Matt Joachims will speak, and students in the fifth and sixth grades honor choir and the high school choir will sing.
The Colman-Egan School will present its Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Monday. The program will include a guest speaker from the Honor Flight program and a presentation of information about the veteran’s memorial planned on a vacant lot south of Colman Lutheran Church.
The school will serve a free breakfast for Veterans and their spouses at 8:15 a.m. To reserve a spot, call the school at 543-3534 or email [email protected]