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Students Thank, Honor Veterans

Posted 11/16/2017

By Jared JanzenGLENN Mueller, Sam Griffin and Eugene Wendling stand as the Halstead Middle School choir sings the armed forces medley during the middle school Veterans Day program last Friday. GLENN Mueller, Sam Griffin and Eugene Wendling stand as the Halstead Middle School choir sings the armed forces medley during the middle school Veterans Day program last Friday.

HALSTEAD—In keeping with Halstead Middle School’s annual Veteran’s Day tradition, students once again welcomed local veterans to a special ceremony last Friday morning honoring the bravery, dedication and sacrifice of those who have served our nation’s military.MAKAYLA Ediger, left, and Tyner Horn demonstrate the folding of the flag. MAKAYLA Ediger, left, and Tyner Horn demonstrate the folding of the flag.

At least 42 veterans were the special guests of the program, joined by their families, community members and students.

“Throughout our nation’s history, loyal citizens have assumed the duty of military life and built a great tradition of courage and faithful service,” Principal Ron Barry said during the ceremony. “They have given their devotion to the American people, and it is our duty to remember them.”

He noted that our nation continues to rely on its armed forces today.

“They protect our country, advance the spread of liberty and lay the foundation for a better tomorrow,” Barry said. “They’ve been brave in battle, unwavering in loyalty, and unmatched in honor. America’s veterans deserve our deepest respect and appreciation, and that is why we’re here today.”

Several middle school students spoke during the ceremony. Fourth-grader Daynica Euwer said she had asked her three grandfathers who served in the military about the importance of Veterans Day, and they had told her it was a time to remember, honor and thank those who had protected this nation.

“By the service and example set by my grandfathers and many other brave men and women, it inspires me,” she said.

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