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.
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