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Van-Far High School honors local veterans with assembly

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 10:50 am

A salute is given during the Veterans Day Assembly at Van-Far.

A salute is given during the Veterans Day Assembly at Van-Far.

The annual Parade of Veterans highlighted the beginning of last Wednesday’s Veterans Day Assembly held at Van-Far High School as veterans also enjoyed a breakfast before the event.
A presentation of veterans was done as they were escorted by Van-Far athletes.
The MMA Color Guard presented the colors before Micaella Love sang the “National Anthem.”
Marissa Cox led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance then the Van-Far Chiefs Band and Choir presented the “Armed Forces Medley.”
There was also a fusiliers drill demonstration by MMA cadets and the Van-Far Choir sang “Tell My Father.”
Cox introduced this year’s speaker, Sergeant First Class Gary Combs, who serves in the Army Reserves.
During his speech, Sgt. Combs  said the day was a “tribute and a reflection.”
He gave a brief history of the annual day, which started out as Armistice Day.
“Whenever America or our interest have been threatened, men and women across this great nation have risen to their defense,” he added.
“When our freedoms have come under assault, we’ve responded with strength, purpose, and resolve.”
He talked about the sacrifice veterans and their families have made. His speech was about 20 minutes long.
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter closed the assembly.