“During this Veteran's Day assembly, we would like to pay tribute to all Americans who served their country so honorably during war or peacetime,” said a National Honor Society student.
The annual celebration involved patriotic music or presentations from elementary, middle and high school students, the National Honor Society and members of the Tri-County Technical Center criminal justice program presented and retired the flags.
“I always come to it because I appreciate the effort that is put into it, plus I have grandchildren who go to school here,” said Charles Dalton, a Sangerville resident who served 20 years in the U.S. Army.
Parts of the World War I diary of Dexter resident Frank E. Jock was read by NHS member Megan Beckwith.
Local elected officials, two graduates who are now serving, math teacher and veteran Ken Brown, and Superintendent Kelly MacFadyen, who was a young mother when her husband was deployed, also spoke about their veteran connections.
“The good news is he did return home safely,” MacFadyen said. “But not without scares. And as all of you veterans here today know, some scars you can see and some you can't but you and your loved ones feel them for years to come.”
The high school band ended the presentation by playing the “Armed Forces Medley Salute,” while locals who served stood to be honored.
“It's great. It's always great,” said Julie Ramirez, Guilford native who now lives in Olympia, Washington who is an Army veteran. “You hear so many negatives. When we have the shootings and so forth it always comes out if it's a veteran. And it's nice to know about the positive things that are going on with veterans as well.”