Nixa High School honors veterans and their service

Randolph Lopez
November 11, 2017

"They know that they should respect and honor them for the time that they've given to this country", says Carol Barger, the Music Teacher of Shelledy Elementary School.

The students heard from the American Legion State Commander and honored the gentleman who started the celebration 23 years ago.

"When I came home, we were not celebrated", said Michael Elterman, Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. "They can be brothers, uncles, fathers of our students, and the list just keeps growing".

This is the third year in a row Staley students have done this, and the number of kids taking part grows every year.

This was the last Veteran's Day ceremony for the JROTC instructor Major Daniel Rancourt after 22 years at the school.

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"They provided us with coffee and doughnuts to supply to our guests, which is great", Melonas said.

"It means honoring those who protect our country and everyone in it", said Mason Saari, 5th grader at Ishpeming Schools.

Veterans at the event spent time greeting each other and reflecting on their experiences. "They fought hard for us and now we can show our appreciation by honoring them here today". ROTC, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. They were greeted by patriotic songs and poems.

Ben Wahlstom, student council president says, "Each year, student council does this and it is very rewarding, but also honorable the veterans, they do a lot for us".

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