On November 11, local veterans were honored during an assembly at Durand High School to show appreciation for their sacrifices.
The ceremony kicked off with a welcome from History Club President Beckie Baird. Baird welcomed the local veterans and asked everyone to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
The assembly continued with History Club members carrying flags down the center aisle. This is the second year that the History Club has been this involved in the ceremony.
“It’s history, and as the History Club we need to honor that,” Baird said.
History Club helped with many different tasks during the ceremony.
“The willingness to get involved was very big. Everybody pitched in, and I thought it was really good. All members that could be there helped,” History Club Adviser Bill Shepard said.
Shepard also added that student involvement in the ceremony will not go away anytime soon. The History Club has a few ideas on how to become more involved in the program in the future.
“I think we should give the veterans some sort of present for their service,” Baird said.
The assembly also featured the high school band and choir performing a variety of patriotic songs.
The ceremony featured a lot of student work. The program for the ceremony featured artwork from a Durand Elementary student, while the hallway featured many paper stars that the students created with names of veterans that are serving or that have served.
The assembly went on to address veterans currently serving. Freshman Joey Alongi and sophomore Jaci Damon read through a list of local veterans in our area.
Finally, the ceremony featured guest speakers Ken and Lolita Ditzler. Both talked about their love for one another and how their lives were affected by Ken’s time in the service.
Overall, Shepard believes the program was very successful.
“I think it’s important that our student body and faculty take one moment out of the year to pay tribute to those who have given us freedom, and I think it’s important to continue,” Shepard said.