WEEPING WATER – Weeping Water community members delivered their thanks to military veterans Friday morning during a ceremony on the school campus.
A large crowd filled one side of bleachers in the Weeping Water Activities Center for the annual Veterans Day assembly. Weeping Water Public Schools and American Legion Post 237 co-sponsored the 35-minute event. American Legion members posted and retired the colors at the beginning and end of the ceremony.
Members of local Cub Scouts Troop 220 began the assembly by leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Weeping Water junior Robert Brill sang the national anthem and WWHS seniors Tory Lamkins and Michael Stackpole helped the audience recognize local veterans in attendance. Lamkins and Stackpole serve as president and vice president of the Class of 2018.
Lamkins, Stackpole and Marshall Garner then read a presidential proclamation about Veterans Day to the crowd. The event continued with a presentation of “God Bless America” by the Vivace Choir. Kim Hammer directed 33 Weeping Water students in the patriotic song.
Jeremy Dean of the United States Air Force delivered the keynote speech. Dean talked about what he felt being a veteran meant for both himself and the country. He said veterans wanted to help the nation through any type of service that government and military leaders asked of them. He said this was a “blank check” that could include service both inside and outside of the country’s borders.
The assembly ended with a moment of silence for veterans who had either served or were currently serving in any branch of the military. Kevin White and Noah May echoed “Taps” on their trumpets during the moment of silence.