WAC honors veterans

Navy veteran Aaron Crismas speaks to the Wetmore student body at the Veterans Day Ceremony held on Friday, November 10.

Submitted by Faith Bratcher WHS Student Correspondent

On Friday, Nov. 10, the Wetmore School student body recognized area veterans in their annual Veterans Day program. The school’s KAY club organized the program which was held in Wetmore’s gym.

The program started with the posting of colors by an honor guard. Wetmore kindergarten and preschool students then led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem was sung by McKayla Henry, and Principal Rick Schnacker welcomed everyone to the ceremony.

Wetmore High School choir members Seth Shumaker, Chanler Morfitt, John Lamberson and Noah Ball sing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” at the Veterans Day Program Friday, November 10.

Freshman Alyssa Bloom asked everyone to observe a moment of silence for fallen veterans. Jossie Shumaker read a “Soldier’s Prayer,” and Ally Davis shared the poem “They Did Their Share.”

The Wetmore fifth- and sixth-grade music class sang “God Bless America,” and the high school choir sang “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood.

Aaron Crismas was this year’s guest speaker. He served in the Navy from 1994 to 2008 and related his experiences during his service.

After Crismas’ speech, Vice President Alena Pfrang and President Curtis Bloom recognized the veterans in attendance. This was followed by a patriotic slide show created by Ethan Osterhaus. After the retirement of the colors, the veterans were treated to refreshments in the library.

“I thought the ceremony was touching as always. I always get a lump in my throat when the veterans are introduced,” said Lana Sheldon, KAY Sponsor.

There were 11 veterans who attended the celebration. President Bloom was proud of the club’s efforts.

“I felt like we were prepared and had everything ready to go. I am proud to be a part of such a neat and fun experience,” he said.

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