Switzerland County honors its Veterans with special ceremonies

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All of the schools in the Switzerland County School Corporation held special observances to salute Veterans with Veterans Day programs.

  Jefferson-Craig Elementary School held its program on Friday afternoon, November 8th; Switzerland County Elementary School held its program on Monday morning, November 11th — Veterans Day — and the honors were capped off on Monday afternoon with a combined program by Switzerland County Middle School and Switzerland County High School.

  The program was held in the high school gymnasium, and was coordinated by the Switzerland County Student Council and the Switzerland County FFA. Student Council President Allison Detmer and FFA President Trey Gray served as the masters of ceremonies.

  After a time of fellowship and refreshments, veterans gathered in the lobby of the high school gym, and were then escorted into the program by students — many of whom had ties to the veteran.

  After the American Flag was presented, the Switzerland County band and choir performed The National Anthem; and that was followed by Social Studies teacher and Student Council sponsor Michelle Hicks, who made introductions of the veterans along with those men and women who are currently serving in the military; and current students Destine Peelman, Matty Anderson, and Max Galbreath — all of whom have enlisted in the military and will enter the service following graduation.

  The band and choir then performed “Our America”; and that was followed by a message from guest speaker David Wolf, who lives in Switzerland County and is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during Desert Storm.

  After another musical selection; members of the FFA chapter participated in ‘Reflection: As Just One, We Appreciate and Support our Veterans’.

  That was followed by a special presentation of the Veterans Day Community Service Award, which has become a tradition during the program. The award was presented by Switzerland County Middle School Principal Sean McGarvey to veteran Ron Margison.

  Margison, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was nominated for the honor by Switzerland County High School freshman Robbie Wood. Margison and Wood have developed quite a friendship, and Margison being honored on Monday was a special day for both.

  The program was closed with a poem read by Kyatalin Baker; and then there was a final tribute to our fallen veterans with the playing of ‘Taps’ before the veterans and their families were dismissed.