Students salute area veterans for their service
RONAN – Glacier View School students gathered together on Thursday afternoon to pay special tribute to the women and men who served in the armed forces.
The students worked hard for weeks in preparation for their annual celebration by decorating the school with thank-you messages and rehearsing a musical performance.
“They love it,” said Laurie Carlson, Glacier View School board chair, of the students who participated in the program. “It’s such a great opportunity for them to learn about the service our veterans have done for our country.”
Veterans along with their families and audience members filled the small auditorium to watch the children perform. The ceremony began as the American Legion Honor Guard entered the room with the American flag. The Guard demonstrated how an American flag is folded to honor fallen service members.
The students sang a selection of patriotic songs, which included the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “This Land is Your Land,” and “Proud to be an American.”
Grades one to three performed an arrangement of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” playing only handbells. They also led people in saying the Pledge of Allegiance while translating the pledge into sign language.
A group of female students saluted and celebrated the patriotic contributions of women who have served by highlighting their accomplishment with a timeline from the American Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terrorism.
Grades four through eight performed a skit entitled “It’s an Honor to Serve,” in which students portrayed various perils of serving while giving words of praise and thanks to veterans. The students commended the veterans for protecting freedom.
Phillip Neuharth, pastor of Glacier View Church, was the keynote speaker. “We are so glad for the veterans to be here today, so we can share this time with you and express our gratitude for what you’ve done for our nation,” Neuharth said.
In his speech, Neuharth emphasized the importance of teaching the next generation to honor veterans, their families and their collective sacrifice. He closed his speech by speaking to the veterans in attendance: “For your service to our country we humbly say thank you.”