COLEMAN — A Veterans Day Program will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Coleman High School gymnasium. This ceremony, which is open to the public, is a joint effort by Coleman High School, American Legion Post 280 and VFW Post 9373. The guest speaker for the program is Ed Garza.

Garza served in the U.S. Navy for a little more than 16 years as an enlisted sailor and naval officer. He is a highly decorated officer who served at various locations in the United States and around the world, including a combat tour in Iraq from April 2008 to April 2009 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently serves as the Director of Veteran’s Services and as an adjunct professor in the Justice and Public Policy Department at Concordia University, Mequon, Wis. Furthermore, he is founder and president of Healing Patriots. Healing Patriots, an all volunteer organization, works with U.S. veterans who have sustained injuries or conditions from their service. It provides outdoor expeditions, including hunting and fishing, which are life-changing and can help veterans build a better way of life.

The American Legion Post 280 and VFW Post 9373 will present and retire the colors. The national anthem and other selections will be sung by the Coleman High School Choir, under the direction of Kathleen Bader. Several patriotic pieces will be performed by the Coleman High School Band, which is directed by Rob Doersam.

Coffee, cookies and other light treats will be available in the high school cafeteria prior to the program.