Photo by Yasmin Lara
Schools across the nation were able to celebrate the nation’s veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Antioch Community High School was honored to hold and celebrate its first Veteran’s Day Assembly. The school partnered up with the Antioch VFW Post #4551 and the American Legion Post #748 to come together and honor those who have served.
The assembly began with the posting of the colors by the Color Guard and continued with the ACHS Advanced Wind Ensemble and Orchestra performing the National Anthem.
Winners from the ACHS Voice of Democracy essay contest were then announced. Junior Hope Reband placed third, junior Kaleigh Miller placed second, and junior Austin Marsiglio won first. The remainder of the assembly focused on the recognition and remembrance of past and present military personnel.
The ACHS Advanced Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Choir came together to perform each military service song. There was not a dry eye in the house when military veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Gulf War, the Vietnam War and Iraq stood up to be recognized for their dedicated service to the United States. Outside of the school, the 21 Gun Salute was performed to recognize U.S. veterans. The assembly concluded with echo taps performed by seniors Andrew Freeman and Andre Rivera.
“I thought that the assembly was very well put together. I think it was great way to show people of this generation the courage, selflessness and sacrifices that our troops give to protect us,” said social studies teacher Scott Magnuson. “I get very choked up whenever we honor our veterans. Andrew Wade was one of my soccer players, he was an amazing student, teammate and just all around guy, and the devotion he put into fighting for our country will never be forgotten.”
With extraordinary gratitude, ACHS would like to thank the nation’s veterans for serving and protecting the country.
“I was proud of our staff members that planned it [the assembly], our students that participated in it, our Sequoits that respectfully attended it, our community for supporting it, and the veterans for making it both possible and memorable,” said principal Bradford Hubbard. “The standing ovations brought tears to my eyes. We are incredibly lucky to have been afforded the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and demonstrate our appreciation for the service, sacrifice and courage of the men and women that have served and continue to serve this wonderful nation.”