BEND AREA — It was a day for honoring those who have served our country on Thursday, as both Wahama High School and New Haven Elementary held Veterans Day programs.
In an assembly in front of the student body, approximately 15 veterans were recognized at Wahama’s morning event, which was sponsored by the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society.
Steve VanMeter of the Drew-Webster American Legion Post 39 of Pomeroy, Ohio explained the proper etiquette of the American Flag to the students, as well as how to properly fold it and the meaning behind each of the 13 folds. As VanMeter spoke, representatives of the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven and Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason demonstrated the flag folding.
Rho Kappa President Isaiah Pauley served as the emcee of the program, and recognized each veteran and their branch of service. Poems were read, including “The Truly Great” by Lexi Layne, “Perhaps” by Maddy VanMatre, and “I Am Old Glory” by Christopher Hesson. Lauren Fields presented the history of Veterans Day.
Musical selections were provided by both the White Falcon Band, under the direction of Emily Hall, and the Wahama Chorus, under the direction of Rachel Reynolds. Catherine Hamm, Rho Kappa advisor, introduced a computer presentation featuring relatives of staff and students who are serving, or have served, in the military.
Students gave the veterans attending a standing ovation of appreciation, following a moment of silence for those who lost their lives while serving our country. A reception was held following the program for the veterans.
“This is America” was the theme of the Veterans Day program held at New Haven Elementary School Thursday evening. It was presented by the school chorus, made up of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students, and directed by Kimberly Bond. Songs included “This is America,” “Because of You” and “Everyday Heroes,” which featured soloist Olivia Jeffers.
Captain James McCormick served as guest speaker. He told those attending of his 22 years in the Army, adding when he hears children sing of how proud they are of their country, he doesn’t regret a minute of those 22 years.
McCormick said our country is worth fighting for, being the greatest country in the world. It is the only country that people are trying to become a part of, he stated.
The veteran also spoke of respect and the controversy surrounding the National Football League and others who refuse to stand for the National Anthem. He said he believes people should respect and honor the flag to the best of their ability, adding somebody died to give them that right. But, he said, the force feeding of patriotism will never work.
McCormick read the names of all veterans in attendance and the branch of military in which they served. The audience gave the veterans a standing ovation.
On the final song of the evening, “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” the school’s second graders joined the chorus. Students having speaking parts in the program were Shy Denney, Alicia McClanahan, Nicholas Williams, Lillian Bowles, Zaylee Wood, Hunter Morris, Carson Gibbs, Brinna Roush, Chloe King, Johnathon Roush, Phoebe Richardson, Madison Edwards, Lindsey Short, Makayla Horn, Abby Moore, Zoey Kapp, Brice Johnson, Olivia Jeffers, and Kate Reynolds.
A reception followed the program with cake and drinks for those attending.
More photos from the programs appear online at www.mydailyregister.com and on page 4 of today’s edition.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.