Greenville Middle School assembly recognizes veterans


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 3:24 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Local veterans were honored at an assembly at Greenville Middle School on Friday. Each veteran stood as their name was read.

GREENVILLE — An assembly at Greenville Middle School honored area military veterans on Veteran’s Day.
Veterans were greeted with students clapping, cheering and a standing ovation as they walked through the doors of the gymnasium to their reserved seats on Friday.
To start the program, everyone stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Band Director Jeff Ayres and Choir Director Krista Chapman leading the audience in the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Three students read an essay, which they submitted for the Patriots Pen Essay. Each participant answered the question, “Are you proud of your country?” for the essay.
Isabella Matthews said the words of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” sums up why she is proud of America.
“People are willing to die for us,” Matthews said. “We are patriots. I am proud to say I’m a U.S. citizen.”
Kyleigh Platt said she was proud of America because of the soldiers who serve.
“I’m proud of our soldiers, rights and liberties,” Platt said.
Danielle Mahar is proud of the soldiers who fight every day and proud to have a country that sticks together.
“One nation, all united,” she said. “I am proud to call it home.”
The audience heard the history of “Taps” before students Jessie Schutte and Devon Thompson of the Greenville Middle School band performed it on trumpets. During the performance, the veterans stood to salute.
The program concluded with a reading of each veteran’s name in attendance. The veterans all stood when their name was called.

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