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Veterans Day activities set for Libby, Troy

by Western News
| November 9, 2009 11:00 PM

Schools and VFW Posts will observe Veterans Days through special programs in Troy and Libby this week.

The following will be held Wednesday, unless otherwise noted:

• Libby High School has put together its first Veterans Day program since 2005 and hopes to continue it as an annual tradition. A reception with refreshments will be held for veterans and their families in the high school lobby starting at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9:10 and include three speakers – Terry Andreessen, Dennis Ashe and Terry Maki. The program will conclude at 10:05 a.m.

• Libby Middle School students will honor veterans by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance after members of the Libby VFW Post No. 1548 raise the flag at 8:15 a.m.

• Libby VFW Post No. 1548 will hold its annual service at Libby Cemetery at 11 a.m. Members will begin the morning early by setting out flags around town, raising the flag at Libby Middle School and then setting up at Libby Cemetery.

• Troy VFW Post No. 5514 will provide a special dinner open to all veterans. It will be held at 5 p.m. at the VFW Post on Yaak Avenue.

• Kootenai Valley Christian School will present an abbreviated version of last week’s Veterans Day program to Libby Care Center residents at 1 p.m. Friday in the center’s dining room. Libby VFW Post 1548 will also present a Color Guard program.

Online Feature: Band of Brothers

“Terry Maki remembers it as if it were yesterday. The chaos in the cockpit, the sense of imminent disaster, the flashes of enemy fire cutting through the darkness toward his helicopter.”

— The Denver Post

In a story timely for Veterans Day, Post reporter Jim Armstrong penned a feature story about the special bond shared by the Air Force Academy’s 1985 football team. Libby native Terry Maki was a defensive standout for a Falcons team that went 12-1 and finished ranked No. 5 nationally.

Maki’s experiences in the military are highlighted in the story. A graduate of Libby High School with family that still lives in town, Maki today is the head football coach at Florence.

Find the story online at: www.denverpost.com/sportsheadlines/ci_13686079