Idaho Day is Monday


Idaho Day is on Monday this year and the Bonneville County Heritage Association is sponsoring a program highlighting Idaho’s role in World War I.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theater. Admission is free.

The program will feature veterans’ history and World War I. It will also include names of deceased veterans such as George Edgington, Idaho Falls mayor who resigned from office to serve as a captain in the U.S. Army in World War I.

A film compiled by Linden Bateman and David Nipper will also be shown and all veterans will be honored. School choirs from Westside Elementary School, Dora Erickson Elementary School and the Beyond the Bell Choir will perform. The event will be narrated by Steve Yates.

Several awards will also be given out during the evening.

Alturas International Academy, housed in the former O.E. Bell Junior High School, will receive a building preservation award and patriotic student writing and arts contests winners will also be presented awards.

Hero Awards presented to the American Legion on its 100 year anniversary will go to former Idaho Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice and Vietnam veteran Jim Jones, and Steve Carr, member of the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho’s board of directors, on behalf of the American Red Cross.

There also will be a silent auction held between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and all proceeds will go to the Bonneville County Heritage Association for programs, events and student contest awards.

Idaho Day was established in 2014 by the Idaho State Legislature to honor the creation of Idaho in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.

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Reporter Isabella Alves can be reached at 208-542-6711.