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Celebrating the service of our U. S. military veterans: Veterans Day observed Friday

Friday, Nov. 11th young people in the Lennox Junior and Senior High School will once again be honoring area Veterans. The annual Veterans Day Celebration at the Lennox High School Gym, begins at 2 p.m. Veterans, their families, and the Lennox, Chancellor, Worthing community are invited to attend.

This holiday celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. Many in our community have answered the call to serve their country in this capacity, some fulfill this duty as a full time job others serve as reservists, with careers outside the military.

Matt Mower of Lennox is a full time Fuel Systems Technician in the Air National Guard. He serves as Staff Sergeant in the Air National Guard 114th Fighter Wing, of Sioux Falls, SD. Mower joined in 2009.

“The military provided me a good way to serve my country as well as support my family,” Mower said.

Mower’s family includes his wife Britney, son Cael (7) and daughters, Callie (4) and Ella (11 months).

He has served in active duty deployments on three occasions, in Jordan in 2013, Korea in 2015 and Poland in 2016.

Mower said the most challenging aspect of a military career is the strain a deployment can leave on the family.

In addition to completing his full time work Mower spends one weekend per month training and two weeks per year. He said the best experience has been, “being able to see the world.”

Another local man in the community has spent his military career as a reservist. Kris Kuper, of Lennox joined the Navy after graduating from Lennox High School in 1995. He’s been in the Navy for 21 years and has completed three active duty deployments in that time. In September Kuper became Navy Chief Petty Officer, which he described as a liaison between the junior enlisted and the officers. Kuper serves with the Naval Magazine Indian Island unit.

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