Thursday, November 17, 2011

Veterans' Day Ceremony

By: Taryn Matheny

   This is the second year in a row that our school has conducted a Veterans’ Day assembly to honor the veterans that live around town and some that are relatives to kids in our own school. The ceremony was hold November 10 in the auditorium and it was packed full. All students were in attendance, and some of them even had to stand up on the side of the walls. This ceremony has come about to honor the men and women that have fought for our country.
   “I thought it was a great ceremony, and I get to look at the people who have helped fight for our country,” Said Senior Kenny Yonkosky.
A number of veterans were in attendance on this day. The veterans were guest speakers in the history classes throughout the morning. This gave them a chance to talk to kids about what they have been through and to tell their stories. It gives them a chance to inform our students about history and to help them realize about what goes on in our military branches.
   “I got a chance to listen to veterans about their life stories and it was very interesting to listen to as well as helped me understand more about the military,” Said Senior Anthony Michael.
   During the ceremony Student Council President Dalton Border opened up with the pledge of allegiance and then had a moment of silence. The students were all in unison as they sang our National Anthem next. Veteran Tome Reynolds spoke to the audience about his military background and what being a part of the Army means to him. Principal Will Hosaflook recognized every veteran as he called their name and had them stand. The Choir sang all of the military anthems as well as other songs during the ceremony. The ceremony was a great success and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
   “It really felt great to sing the military anthems for the different veterans that stood before us, and it seemed like they enjoyed it as well,” said Senior Choir Member Will Mullins.
   This ceremony is something that should happen throughout all high schools in the United States. It honors the men and women that have fought for our country as well as honoring the ones that have lost their lives. The assembly lets us remember that there is a reason we have the lives we do, because we have men and women fighting for us everyday to have and keep them. This ceremony was a great success and we will continue to have it each year.

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