The Smith-Cotton High School Army JROTC will host a Veterans Day breakfast and ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11 at the school, 2010 Tiger Pride Blvd., to honor all veterans and thank them for their service. Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. with the ceremony from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  During the ceremony, each service will be recognized by the playing of their service hymn. While the service hymn is played, all veterans who served in that service are asked to stand and be recognized.  

LTC Keith Baranow will be the guest speaker at the event. Baranow initially entered the service in 1991 as an infantryman in the Pennsylvania National Guard, according to his biography. He later transferred to the Army and served in a multitude of troop leading positions until he received his commission from Officer Candidate School in 2001. 

Baranow has served throughout the United States. He also deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and to Kabul, Afghanistan, to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom. Baranow has also served as High Value Detainee Detention Facility Officer-in-Charge, Joint Task Force-Guantanamo at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

All veterans and their guest are invited to attend. Attendees should RSVP to the S-C JROTC office at 660-851-5317.  


  • Occurred Monday, November 11th, 2019 @ 7:30 am

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