Saluting the Veterans

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Saluting the Veterans

Ashley Burke

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Veterans Day is for more than just saluting the veterans; it honoring them for risking their lives to give us the freedom that we have today.  Armed forces leave their families behind and go to battle every day.  Sometimes they don’t get to see their families for months at a time.  Many veterans have died to give us our freedom, and that is something that we should all be grateful for.  Without them, our lives wouldn’t be the same as they are today.

 Every year, CJHS Service Learning hosts a Veterans Day Assembly.  This year, we had our best turnout, with over 100 local veterans attending.  Lucas Berliew, senior class President, led the assembly this year.  J.R. Slater, husband of fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Slater, presented the fallen soldiers’ table and gave a great speech about it.  Next, Eden Alford, seventh grade, had her speech that won in the Joplin Globe Veterans Day Essay contest read aloud.  Tucker Haynes, senior, presented a video that touched all of our hearts.  Ethan Brown, junior, said, “The video provoked emotions of not only what veterans and servicemen or women feel when returning home, but also how their family and friends feel. It was a very humbling and emotional video that definitely had me getting choked up.”  The school honored the veterans and showed them great respect.  Peyton Brownlee, junior, said,”My grandparents were invited, and they thought that the assembly really represented the veterans as a whole.  They thought that the assembly was very appropriate and did a great job of honoring them.  It was the best assembly that they had been to.  They are really looking forward to coming again next year.  I thought that the assembly was a great learning experience because of the stories told from the veterans about their experiences.”

 Veterans Day is a holiday that should be celebrated by everyone because, without our veterans, we wouldn’t have the freedom that we have today.  We should show veterans respect every day, and thank them for their service because they have done so much for us and our country.

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