Showing respect for sacrifice


Veterans honored during ceremony

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register



Some of the veterans who attended a service in their honor at Wahama Friday, are shown as they listen to a trumpet solo of “Taps,” played by Carl Sayre.

Some of the veterans who attended a service in their honor at Wahama Friday, are shown as they listen to a trumpet solo of “Taps,” played by Carl Sayre.


Army Veteran Matt Riffle spoke to students and a number of other veterans Friday during the Wahama High School Veterans Day ceremony, hosted by the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Riffle’s daughter, Skylar, is shown at left front, listening intently.


MASON — Wahama High School students paid homage to local veterans Friday, when members of the school’s National Honor Society and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society hosted a Veterans Day ceremony.

Army Veteran Matt Riffle served as guest speaker. The father of student Skylar Riffle, he put the comradery of his fellow soldiers in terms the high schoolers would understand. He likened the feeling much like a football team and how the players become brothers both on and off the field.

“Now multiply that times infinity,” Riffle said. “They become your family.”

The speaker said he was just 23 years old when he was in Iraq, and became emotional as he told about missing four years of his daughter’s life.

“What you are doing here today is appreciated,” Riffle said. “Veterans Day is every day to me.”

Jacob Lloyd, honor society president, served as master of ceremonies at the assembly. He introduced each veteran, along with the branch of service each represented.

Sydnee Whaley and Lexi Layne sang the National Anthem acapella, while Sophia Russell served as soloist during the school’s chorus presentation of “God Bless America.” The chorus and band presented other musical selections, with Carl Sayre playing “Taps” as a trumpet solo.

Poems were read by Brody Howard, Alex Mitchell and Maddy VanMatre. Veteran and Wahama Principal Kenny Bond told the students to remember there is a reason for the holiday and it isn’t simply a day off from school and a chance to sleep in.

Veterans attending were treated to breakfast prior to the service, and invited to lunch following.

Teacher Adrian Rutherford serves as advisor of both the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa.

Some of the veterans who attended a service in their honor at Wahama Friday, are shown as they listen to a trumpet solo of “Taps,” played by Carl Sayre.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/11/web1_11.10-Wahama-1.jpgSome of the veterans who attended a service in their honor at Wahama Friday, are shown as they listen to a trumpet solo of “Taps,” played by Carl Sayre.

Army Veteran Matt Riffle spoke to students and a number of other veterans Friday during the Wahama High School Veterans Day ceremony, hosted by the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Riffle’s daughter, Skylar, is shown at left front, listening intently.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2018/11/web1_11.10-Wahama-2.jpgArmy Veteran Matt Riffle spoke to students and a number of other veterans Friday during the Wahama High School Veterans Day ceremony, hosted by the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Riffle’s daughter, Skylar, is shown at left front, listening intently.
Veterans honored during ceremony

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.