Larson Middle School will host a reception next Thursday, Nov. 7, for all veterans from the Grandview and Marble Cliff areas.
The event, which will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the commons at the newly renamed middle school, 1240 Oakland Ave., is being organized by seventh-grade social studies teacher Diane Runyon and Family and Consumer Science teacher Lin Bensen.
"It's the patriotic thing to do," Runyon said. "We've held a Veterans Day program in the past at lunchtime during the school day, but we wanted to do something a little more special this year.
"The Wounded Warriors organization has a quote about 'the greatest casualty is being forgotten,' and we don't want that to happen to our local veterans," she said. "We want to honor and thank them for their service and making the ultimate sacrifice."
John Fields of the Department of Veteran Affairs will be guest speaker at the reception, Runyon said.
Runyon's seventh-grade students have made a film detailing the history of the American soldier that will be screened at the event.
"We'll also be serving cake," Runyon said. "People will have a chance to meet and greet their neighbors."
The names of students' family members who have fought in wars dating back to the Civil War were placed on stars that will hang in the commons, she said.
"It's a nice history lesson for the students," Runyon said. "It helps remind them of the sacrifice our soldiers make to protect us."
While RSVPs are not required, local veterans are invited to call the school at 614-481-3630 to say if they plan to attend the reception and how many people will be with them, she said.
"We have no clue about how many people are going to attend," Runyon said. "We just want our veterans to know they are appreciated."