WAYNE – Three local high schools along with a community-wide event took the chance to celebrate, remember and honor the sacrifices Veterans made for America.
Veterans Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, but several high schools hosted assemblies Friday morning along with the chamber coffee event held at the Vet’s Club.
A public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11), Veterans Day reminds us to honor US veterans and victims of all wars.
Wayne Community Schools, Wakefield Community School and Winside Public School all hosted a Veterans Day Assembly Friday morning.
Duane Schroeder has been the Adjutant with the Wayne American Legion. He mentions what veterans are about.
“Not much different than the rest of us,” said Schroeder. “Just at one time they did something unusual. They raised their hand and swore to protect the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. I think as a result you’ll see a lot of veterans over-represented in community service organizations.”
Colors were posted and retired by Boy Scout Troop 174 in Wayne along with guest speakers from Sergeant Lester “Pete” Keiser and Shelli Keiser. The Blue Devil Band performed “Marches of the Armed Forces” as the Junior High/Senior High choir sang “Because of the Brave”.
In Wakefield, community members heard remarks from Superintendent Mr. Mark Bejot, Pastor Charity Potter and High School Principal Mr. Jason Heitz. The Wakefield High School choir sang “Lift Your Voice, America” while the fifth-grade students performed “In Flanders Fields”. There was also a poetry and slide show presented by four Wakefield students with a reception being held for Veterans, families and community members in the Multipurpose Room following the assembly.
From Winside, Beverly Neel addressed those who attended with Ron Behnke and riders of the Post 16 American Legion in Norfolk as the honored guests. 2017 Girls and Boys State recipients spoke as there were cookies served by the Winside Elementary Student Council following the program.
Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day until 1954 according to Schroeder.
“Because by ’54 you’d have World War II and Korea,” Schroeder added. “So, it no longer made sense that just Armistice Day, it became Veterans Day to honor all Veterans of all wars.”
Join Providence Medical Center for the next Friday morning Chamber coffee on November 17 at 10 a.m.