Clearview honors area veterans
Mon, 11/18/2013 - 11:37am admin
Students and staff at Clearview Elementary School in Clear Lake hosted a program in honor of area military veterans last Friday morning in advance of the Veteran’s Day observances Nov. 11.
The program began with a performance from the string section of the Clearview Orchestra directed by Janet Anderson, followed by a welcome to the attendees from Principal Sheri Rutar. Scouts from Clearview Pack 94 then assisted the members of the Honor Guard from the Clearview and St. Augusta American Legion posts with the Posting of the Colors to formally begin the ceremony.
Girl Scout troop leader Cheryl Kohuth and the Clearview Girl Scout Troop then led the attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by the National Anthem and the Roll Call of Heroes performed by readers Chloe W, Haley B., Chris B., Anna H., Nathan G., Maddy Bartlett, Taylor A., and Erin B.
Guest speaker for the program was Retired Master Sgt. Jim Fraser, who spoke of the price paid for the freedoms we all enjoy today by the veterans of the nation’s military conflicts, and the honor and respect that are owed to the men and women who sacrificed much, and in some cases all, to protect and defend the nation. Fraser also performed the “MIA/POW ceremony”, in which an empty table is set to remind us of the many who never returned from conflicts overseas.
Other elements of the program included a performance of America the Beautiful by the Clearview Orchestra, and a variety of patriotic songs which the audience was encouraged to join in, which included This land is Your Land and You’re A Grand Old Flag. Ridge H. performed When Johnny Comes Marching Home on the recorder, and the Sixth Grade Reader’s Theatre performed The Wall, relating to the Viet Nam memorial in Washington, D.C.
Teacher Julie Krebs gave a history of the military bugle call Taps, which is played to honor comrades who have passed away, and which was subsequently performed by the Clearwater Legion Honor Guard prior to the Retiring of the Colors to mark the end of the ceremony.
Following the program, area veterans and the other attendees were invited to enjoy some refreshments in the school cafeteria.