Webster City salutes its veterans at two ceremonies Friday.

Webster City paid tribute to the nation’s veterans at two services Friday on the day before Veterans Day. The Webster City American Legion Post 191 held its annual service at the Webster City Middle School multi purpose room. The featured speakers for the day were Webster City Community School superintendent Mike Sherwood and Webster City American Legion commander Marvin Carr. The Webster City Middle School band played “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Reverend Jeff Flagg of Asbury United Methodist Church delivered the invocation and benediction. A 21 gun salute was held outside the school followed by the sounding of the city’s sirens to honor the veterans.

The Webster City High School held their annual service in the multi-purpose gymnasium. The speaker for the afternoon  was SFC Shawn Bryant from the Iowa National Guard in Boone. Bryant presented a talk about the history of the American flag with a display of flags leading up to the present day Stars and Stripes. The Dance Connection presented a patriotic dance for the audience of veterans,students,staff and visitors. Music for the afternoon included America the Beautiful by the Purple and Gold Singers and the Marches of the Armed Forces by the Webster City High School Band. There was a roll call of the veterans in attendance. This was the third year that the Webster City High School has conducted a service for veterans. At the conclusion of the service, the students and staff shook ends with all the veterans thanking them for their service to America.

Another reminder of the ceremony on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 in Stratford for the dedication of the Freedom Rock located on Shakespeare Avenue. The public is invited to attend.