Van-Far R-I hosted a Veteran’s Day celebration on Monday, November 11. Breakfast was served for veterans from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m., Van-Far Counselor Jackie Waller welcomed guests. Local veterans were ushered into the gymnasium and seated as the band played.
The Missouri Military Academy presented the colors, followed by the playing of “Taps.” The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited by all in attendance.
Students from the Missouri Military Academy later presented a Fusilier Demographics demonstration.
The band played the march songs for each branch of the military. Ms. Waller encouraged veterans to stand up when their branch song was played.
Student Council President Samantha Davis introduced the guest speaker, Captain Wesley Dickman of the 2175th Military Police Company in Hannibal. Dickman is also the Battle Captain at the Joint Force Headquarters for the state of Missouri.
While on active duty, he served 16 months in Khost Province, Afghanistan. In 2009, he became a Military Police Officer in the 175th Battalion. With his battalion, Captain Dickman commanded troops in assisting with the relief efforts after both the Haiti earthquake and the F-5 tornado that hit Joplin. In addition, he was deployed to Qatar that October.
Dickman has earned the Combat Action Badge, Four Army Commodation Medals, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
The Van-Far choir then performed “Amazing Grace.” Dr. Stephen Hunter made closing remarks and thanked the veterans for their service, which concluded the celebration.