Students Honor Veterans at Assemblies

Today, students in both the elementary and secondary buildings honored our veterans with separate assemblies.

In the elementary, the assembly began with a flag procession presented by the Cub Scouts, followed by the Star Spangled Banner. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students then sang “America.” Third grade teacher Ms. Wagner then read to the group the book “Casey Over There,” which is a great story about the struggles felt at home while loved ones are away serving their country. After the reading, 5th grade students sang “God Bless America.” Veterans were then introduced to the students, along with the family member that invited them to be present today. The elementary assembly concluded with “In Service of Our Country,” sung by third and fourth graders, along with the gun salute, presented by the American Legion, and “Taps,” played by high school student April Pitzner.
The high school assembly also began with the presentation of colors, along with the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” by the high school band. Senior Kelsey Kerttula read her poem to the audience titled “Honor and Grace.” High school student Lydia Zipperer then spoke to the group about being the child of a veteran. Our keynote speaker today was 1st Sgt. Tim La Sage, of the United States Marine Corps. He spoke to the students in regards to their generation being thankful and appreciative of the service and sacrifice that so many have made; not just those that are currently serving, but those that have served in prior wars or conflict. Sgt. La Sage spoke of the “war torn vet;” those that are not clean and polished, but those that have been out of the military for some time. He told students to seek out those with the military hat or jacket, and to approach them and thank them.
Thank you to all of the veterans for your service, and to those that were able to be present at our assemblies today!

Kindergarten, first and second grade students sing “America”

Members of the Johnson Creek American Legion Post present arms.

Veterans are honored by elementary students

Cub Scouts carry out the colors

Cub Scouts carry out the colors

Senior Kelsey Kertula reads her poem “Honor and Grace”

Lydia Zipperer speaks to peers about being the child of a veteran.

1st Sgt. Time La Sage (USMC) speaks to students.

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