By DENISE R. FREELAND
News Leader Staff Writer
"We are forever grateful to those who fought and those who are fighting and to those who will fight for our freedom," said Minerva Middle School student Jack Hanley during the seventh grade's annual Veterans Day assembly, Nov. 11.
Local veterans were honored during the observance and each stood and said who he is, branch of the military served in, number of years of service, and any conflicts served during.
In preparation for Veterans Day, seventh-grade language-arts classes researched various wars and conflicts, prepared display boards, and wrote reports.
Tim Reed and Kylee Ciotti presented their report on WWII; Wyatt Kohl and Rebecca Zornick, on the Korean War; Grace Bolanz and Brett Russell, on the Vietnam War; Nora Yankovich and Reiley Cowart, on the Persian Gulf War; and Alex Thompson and Brant Allen, on the War on Terror.
The seventh-grade choir, under the direction of Cathy Miller, sang "To Those Who Serve," and the seventh-grade band, also under Miller's direction, performed "The Star Spangled Banner," and "To Gallant Heroes."
Members of the Donald G. Whetstone Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4120 and Don V. Cross American Legion Post 357 gave a three-volley salute, followed by "Taps," played by students Maranda Myers and Bridget Boylen.
MMS Principal Ray Davis closed the assembly by thanking the veterans and praising the student body for its respectful behavior.
"Look at our youth," Davis said to the veterans, "and this is just some of the good about the youth. What you did for us was all worth it, and we greatly appreciate it. So know that it wasn't for naught, it was for something pretty good."