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Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School honors local veterans

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:46 am

A parade of veterans opened the event at Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School on Veteran’s Day.

A parade of veterans opened the event at Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School on Veteran’s Day.

Van-Far Jr./Sr. High School held a special Veterans Day Celebration last Friday for local veterans. The event began with a Parade of Veterans escorted by Van-Far students by a bleachers filled with folks applauding for them during the procession. The Van-Far Choir sang the “National Anthem.”
Van-Far Counselor Jackie Waller was the emcee of the event.
Larry Lockridge, who retired from the Army and served with the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, was this year’s guest speaker.
He talked about his military career that started back in May 1971.
After the “Pledge of Allegiance,” “Taps” was played.
The Van-Far Band and Choir then performed all of the songs for each branch of the military as veterans from each branch stood up when their song was played.
The Van-Far Choir then performed “Song for the Unsung Hero.”
Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter also made a few remarks thanked veterans for their service and for attending the event.
Waller also asked English teachers to have their students write a letter of gratitude to a vet–eran. These are some of those letters.
Dear Veteran,
Words can’t describe the gratitude we want to express to you. We want to thank you for serving our country, fighting for our country’s safety and the rights we know.  All the risks you take to keep us safe so thank you!
Gavin Greenplate
Dear Veteran,
I would really like to thank you for everything you have done.  I am very grateful for the service you have put in. We appreciate you and all the hard work you have done to make this country free and safe. We all truly appreciate all the hard work and effort you have done. Thank you so much.
Rebecca Calvin
Dear Veteran,
Many think that a true star is someone that you praise or admires for their looks or way of life. A real star is someone that anonymously does something at their own risk to benefit other people and their families to be able to defend our rights. On this Veteran’s Day we express our gratitude to you for being able to fight four our country and the people, to protect our future and our freedom for future generations.
With Sincere Thanks,
Dylan Hunter
Dear Veteran,
First of all, thank you so much for putting your life on the line and putting our nation first in your life. You took time from your family life to be deployed somewhere else in the world. You were prepared to defend our country from foreign invasion.  Thank you so much for being there for our freedom.
Alex Flowers
Dear Grandpa Davis,
I just wanted to say thank you for all you do and your service. I know you do not like to discuss what happened back then and I understand but I am still thankful for all you have done and the time you spent risking your life for our country. You have guided me and have always been so kind and loving. Thank you for everything papa! I love you!
Mackenzie Kurz
Dear Veteran,
Welcome to our school. I hope you enjoyed your time here. Thank you so much for putting your life on the line, at a time of need. If it wasn’t for you, our freedom wouldn’t mean anything, I can sort of relate to having someone in the Military. I applaud you for gong through all of the sweat, blood, tears and struggles of everyday life.  Thank you so much for serving our country! You deserve to be respected by everyone. I know that going through basic training, not seeing your family, and possibly even having broken bones, or your health become bad.
Once you know someone who’s in the military, you think differently of veterans.
You realize the struggles, pain, and achievement. Thank you so much for serving our country and putting your life on the line day after day.
Katlyn Hunn