Area schools celebrate Veteran's Day

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
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Multiple schools in Michiana took time to honor those who have served our country on Monday.

About 1,000 people from John Glenn High School and the surrounding community gathered to honor soldiers who served.

The program climaxed with all three school choirs singing Battle Hymn of the Republic together.

The choirs were joined by faculty and the marching band to make more than 200 people performing.

The program honored those who have served in the past as well as military service members that are still part of the community today.

“It's different from before you're enlisted,” said Army National Guard Specialist Conner Bair. “I've got family who are veterans, a lot of military veterans in my family, but it's just a totally different feel once you put on the uniform.”

John Glenn Principal William Morton's father served in Korea, and passed away in September from lung complications he received while at war.

Washington High School students said a sincere “Thank You" to veterans on Monday.

The school's junior ROTC helped organize the ceremony Monday afternoon to honor veterans and their families for their service to our country.

The Washington High School band and choir performed Taps and other patriotic songs.

For many students, it was a time to reflect on the meaning of Veterans Day and show their appreciation.

“When I looked there I saw the faces of everyone, people closing their eyes and bowing their heads,” said Alexis Rodriguez, part of the school’s ROTC program. “It just kind of hits you that you know the severity of what they have been through in their life. You know I honestly started tearing up when I was up there. It's hard to read, it's hard to think about the fact that people aren't coming back home from this.”

Veterans from the surrounding community attended the ceremony including residents of West Bend Nursing and Rehabilitation across the street from the school.

And at Walkerton Elementary School, the entire day was spent honoring veterans in the community.

The school invited all area veterans to come and enjoy breakfast with the students.

“I’m proud to be here, I enjoy the children, I just feel that they enjoy us as much as we enjoy them,” said veteran Maurice Walker. “And it’s one experience I’ll never turn down.”

Later in the day, the school held a ceremony where students sang for the veterans, and veterans taught the students how to fold the flag.

Students also presented art projects and participated in a coin drive to raise money for an honor park. They raised $636.49 for the park, which will be on the property of the North Liberty VFW.

“We feel as a community it’s very important to honor and respect the veterans,” said instructor Victoria Tucker.

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