Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce flags have been placed around the Village Square and the VFW Avenue of Glory is on display at the Missouri Veterans' Home.
Today, Missouri Military Academy cadets are taking part in a joint celebration with Mexico High School students. The entire corps along with the MHS student body will assemble in the MHS Sports Complex for several events. MMA Senior Army Instructor SGM Henry Suddarth will address and educate them about the world that American servicemen and servicewomen experience.
As part of the celebration, the MHS and MMA bands are scheduled to play a number of patriotic tunes for the visiting veterans. There will also be a presentation of colors by the MMA Color Guard. All area veterans are encouraged to attend.
Cadets will present a Battalion Review at the Missouri Veterans' Home in Mexico at 10 a.m. Saturday.
On Sunday morning, a free breakfast will be served for all veterans at the American Legion Hall, Hwy. 22 West of Mexico from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. including pancakes, sausage and beverages. The meal is also open to the general public for $4 per meal.
Sunday afternoon, the Veterans' Home is holding a program at 1:30 p.m. to honor its veterans. The one-hour program will welcome Vietnam War veteran Sgt. Joe Knaebel to speak. The VFW Color Guard will post the colors. Cake and punch will be served following the program.
McMillan Elementary is hosting a Veterans Day Assembly at 7:45 a.m. Monday in the school gym. All students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue and second grade students will provide special music.
Also in observance of area veterans, the Mexico Senior Center, 606 Park St., will hand out flags and recognitions on Monday to veterans attending the center's noon congregate meal.
On Sunday, MMA will continue its recognition of veterans as the academy's band and color guard are set to march in a Veterans Day parade in the St. Louis suburb of Florissant. While those cadets honor veterans in that area, MMA's World War II re-enactment group, the Railsplitters, will appear at the veterans celebration in Columbia. The event in Florissant begins at 9 a.m., while the Columbia appearance will be at 10 a.m.