NES honors veterans

Navy Veteran Russell Maddix, 91, was presented with the flag following the ceremony.

The 5th grade chorus performed the Star Spangled Banner, and The Brave.

Veterans gather for a group photo after the program.

On Friday, Northwest Elementary held their annual Veteran’s Day Program.

The Program was hosted in the Elementary gymnasium and welcomed Veterans from the local community to be recognized for their service.

Principal Scott Martin, grades K-2, welcomed guests to the ceremony.

Girl Scout Troops 9361 an 9312 and Cub Scout Pack 44 led the presentation of colors, followed by invocation and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

“We are very proud to be able to do this for our veterans,” said Tricia Eichenlaub of Cub Scout Pack 44.

A moment of silence for fallen veterans was honored, led by Principal Greg Tipton, grades 3-5, and Taps was performed by NHS band members Courtney Pollard and Katie Lawson.

A folding of the flag and special reading was led by Frank Piatt, Gene Rideout and Rod Cochran of American Legion Post 23, before Guest Speaker Mark Hamilton gave his speech to both students and visitors.

The 5th grade chorus, led by Ms. Bergandine, then thanked veterans by a performance of The Brave.

Before the conclusion of the ceremony, every veteran in attendance was thanked for his or her service and stood for a round of applause from the entire auditorium.

Veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and National Guard were all recognized and received a gift back on behalf of NES following the ceremony.

The flag that was presented in the flag folding ceremony was then gifted to the oldest veteran in attendance, Mr. Russell Maddix who served in the U.S Navy.

For Principal Scott Martin, having the veterans in attendance for the ceremony is always a pleasure.

“We like to think of our school as a home for the veterans. In other words, our school, we want to open up every year for them to have a place to come to, it’s like a tradition for us. We want to do it every year, annually, to make sure they know they always have a place to come for a lunch, a gift, and an assembly. We want to make sure they know that every year,” said Martin.

According to Martin, Northwest Elementary School plans on dedicating a wall in the school to hanging the veteran’s group picture taken annually at each ceremony.

Reach: Ivy Potter (740)353-3101 Extension 1932