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Students pay tribute to veterans
Pupils raised their flags at the end of their song "You Are Our Heroes" during a combined school assembly on the last day of school before Veterans Day. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Students pay tribute to veterans

Nov 11, 2012 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Pavillion's Wind River middle school and high school held their second annual Veterans Day program Thursday, Nov. 8, to commemorate U.S. veterans and victims of all wars.

Teachers of different grades brought their students to be part of a celebration for the war veterans who served the country.

The program included a presentation of several veterans and honored guests. Students sang a song to the veterans in the audience, recited poems they wrote themselves, and sang the national anthem.

It was the first time third grade teacher Katie Jenkins was able to bring her class to the ceremony. Jenkins felt it was the appropriate time to have the students learn about veterans because she was currently teaching them about voting and politics.

"It's getting them acquainted with current events," Jenkins said. "They're learning about history, and (this) will just broaden their horizons."

Brett Johnson, a military science instructor in Pavillion who was in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Kuwait, led the Wind River High School Military Science Color Guard. The guard presented the flags at the beginning and end of the ceremony.

Madison Davi, a student who was in the choir that sang during the ceremony, said she was pleased with the presence of the veterans at her school.

"It makes me happy that they would show up so we can honor them," Davi said.

Wind River High School principal Ceatriss Wall boasted about the artwork and writing projects the students put together for the program and throughout the school in celebration of Veteran's Day.

"It gives our students who might not have any family members that have served in the military an understanding of why we honor our veterans," Wall said.

She thanked teacher Joy Jones, who arranged Thursday's program. Wall added that many veterans participate in other school events, so this was a great way for students to thank them.

Sergeant Benson was a guest speaker who said he began his military career in Wyoming and then volunteered to serve in Afghanistan in the National Guard.

"It was eight years ago on this day that I swore in oath to serve and defend this great nation," Benson said in his speech.

He proceeded to thank all of the veterans there and those not present.

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