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100 Years Later

Julie Jones

November 16, 2018


In observance of Veteran’s Day, the Silver Lake high school Student Council held a program on Monday, November 12 for the elementary and high school students and teachers. To prepare for the program, the Student Council members sent out invitations to veterans with ties to Silver Lake, whether it was that they had taught at Silver Lake previously or they had children or grandchildren that attend Silver Lake. Before the program, any veteran in attendance along with their guest(s) was given the opportunity to eat the lunch that Jeannie had made for the day.

To kick the program off, student council President Alex Ehrman introduced himself with a thank-you to the veterans in attendance followed by the playing of our National Anthem. After the National Anthem was played, the 5th grade Student Council members read aloud the Pledge of Allegiance along with a brief meaning of the words and the elementary students sang “Thank You Soldier.” Shortly after, Student Council Vice President Taran Hanson read a poem called “What is a Veteran” and then a video was shown on the history of Veteran’s Day and the sacrifices the veterans made for our country. After the video was finished, Student Council members Zane Journey, Makayla Dinkler, and Eric Blythe read off each veteran in attendance as well as what branch they were in, what they did, and their ties to Silver Lake; Dinkler and Ehrman then demonstrated the folding of the flag while Hanson read aloud the meaning behind each fold. Followed after the 13 folds of the flag was a video which was then played with each branch’s song as the veterans stood when their branch was recognized; with the conclusion of the song medley, the high school choir sang “We Honor You.” Following the choir, everyone in attendance stood and sang “God Bless America” and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. To conclude the program, there was a moment of silence to remember those who served and lost their lives fighting followed by the playing of Taps.

Student Council member Luke Swanson commented on the program, “I think the program went very well. It was moving to see everyone in the gym pay respect to all the veterans.” Vice President Hanson added, “I felt that the entire student council did well in honoring the veterans who served. I enjoyed having the elementary come up this year as they were able to participate in the program by singing and reading, so it was just an overall great inclusion of the entire school.”

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