Union Middle School held a special Veterans' Day Assembly on November 12 for students, staff and area veterans. The Dysart American Legion was on hand for the Presentation of the Colors.
A number of students participated in the program to honor veterans. The eighth grade band students, directed by Mrs. Routt, played "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful."
Each branch of the military was honored and the veterans in the audience were recognized. Students read "Six Boys and Thirteen Hands," a touching tribute to the soldiers in Iwo Jima.
At right, Union Middle School student Hallie Spore presents the last section of “Six Boys and Thirteen Hands,” a tribute to the soldiers who fought at Iwo Jima.
Below, some members of the eighth grade band, directed by Mrs. Routt, performing for the audience. At left, the Dysart American Legion members stand as the audience sings “God Bless the U.S.A.”
The students showed great respect and reverence as they thanked the veterans. Principal Mark Albertsen encouraged the students to make a point to say thank you to any veterans they see in public. The assembly was a great lesson for all students in showing respect to those who have given so much in service to the United States of America.
The assembly was followed by a reception in the cafeteria for veterans and their student escorts and/or families.