TOPTON, Pa. -

The Brandywine Heights Area School District is making plans to honor the community's military veterans in the coming month.

It will all begin with students putting their talents to the test in essay and poster contests, both with the theme of "What Freedom Do I Enjoy Most?"

The essay contest, sponsored by the American Legion, is open to students in 4th through 8th grades. The poster contest is being conducted school-wide.

Winners of both contests will be recognized with a ribbon on Fri., Nov. 9, when the district hosts its 13th annual Veterans Day program and luncheon for veterans who live in the community or are relatives of the district's students. The program will be held at the middle school

The objective, organizers said, is "to honor our country, thank our veterans for their service, and promote citizenship within our student body and faculty."

A new way the district plans to honor veterans this year is to display photos of them in their military uniforms during their time of service. Those wishing to take part in the display may send a copy of a photo, along with their name and dates of service, to the Brandywine Heights Middle School, 200 W. Weis St., Topton, Pa. 19562. Address it to the care of Tess Woloszanski.

The agenda for the program is as follows:

9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.: Veterans arrive to speak to classes or to tour the school and visit the hospitality room

Noon until 1:10 p.m.: Veterans and students are treated to a program that will include music, readings, and presentation of the Patriot Award

1:15 p.m. until 2:15 p.m.: Veterans are treated to a free luncheon in the cafeteria