Hastings High School will honor all veterans in special Veteran's Day program at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11.
The program will include a Presentation of the Colors by representatives of each branch of the military: the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance: the Armed Forces medley, at which veterans will stand when their branch song is played: an emotional testimonial to liberty, and a Veterans Day address.
The family of Lieutenant General James G. Sieben will be the featured speakers in honor of Sieben and the Sieben family's contributions to the military and Hastings community. Sieben was an adjutant general in the Minnesota National Guard for 13 years. He began his military career in 1942 when he enlisted in the army. While serving as an infantry in Europe during World War II, he was twice awarded the Silver Star for gallantry combat. He also earned the Purple Heart after he was wounded. He returned to Minnesota in 1943.
He returned to active duty for two years during the Korean War, going intelligence works for U.S. forces in Austria. His involvement with the National Guard began in 1948. He was appointed adjutant general in 1975.
A highly decorated soldier, his other honors included the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Minnesota Commendation Medal.
The celebration will conclude with the entire audience singing "America the Beautiful."
Hastings High School was one of the first high schools to organize a community-wide Veterans' Day celebration to recognize all of the community's veterans and is proud to continue the tradition once every four years. The Hastings High School band, choirs and orchestra will participate in the program
This event is free and open to the public. The program will last about an hour.