High school juniors from Alliance were participants in The American Legion County Government Day on Monday. The program is established to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn about how their local government works. Hemingford students were not able to attend due to a weather induced late start.
The day began in the District Courtroom with the Pledge of Allegiance and a welcome and a brief history of the program by Alliance Unit 7 Auxiliary President Luayne Weisgerber.
In the opening session, Judge Travis O’Gorman, County attorney Terry Curtiss, and County Commissioners Susan Lore and Doug Hashman addressed the students. A County government video was also shown, giving an overview of how county government works across the state.
Students were able to visit the Jail, County Clerk, County Commissioners, County Assessor and Veterans Service Office and were provided a program from the Extension Office.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7 of Alliance served lunch at Knight Museum and Sandhills Center. The lunch program was presented by Jeff Harris who spoke about Box Butte County history and local agricultural information. District IV Commander John Sanna of Dalton spoke on programs offered by The American Legion Family.
After lunch the students traveled to the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance, where they attended a mock military funeral and toured the facility.
County Government Day is incorporated as a joint program of The American Legion and Auxiliary. It began in 1947 at the urging of Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert G. Simmons, who felt that good government and good citizenship had to start at home.