To preparation for Veterans Day this weekend students in Elkhart did their part to pay tribute to those who have served and protected our country.
This morning more than 50 veterans were honored at Elkhart’s West Side Middle School.
For the past 21 years, the school has hosted a special Veterans’ Day celebration. The choir sang, the band and orchestra performed Taps, and students gathered in the gymnasium to commemorate the upcoming holiday.
Each veteran attending the ceremony was recognized; each stood up and announced which branch he or she served in.
Mayor Dick Moore, a veteran of the United States Navy, also spoke at today’s event. The students observed a moment of silence in honor of the 12 Elkhart soldiers who lost their lives while serving over the past decade.
West Side Middle School’s principal, Kristie Stutsman noted the importance of paying tribute to veterans.
“Our hope truly is that they have a better appreciation for what it means to be a united states citizen, that they have a lot of freedoms and opportunities because of the people that have served our hope truly is that they have a better appreciation for what it means to be a united states citizen, that they have a lot of freedoms and opportunities because of the people that have served,” says Stutsman.
The program at West Side has become a tradition that continues to grow, and one that veterans have started to plan on year after year.