By Aron Edmondson
November 11, 2015 the Edgemont School honored our veterans by holding a Veterans Day Program. The Master’s of Ceremony were Lathen Stevens and Becky Peterson.
Guests were serenaded by the High School Choir’s rendition of “O America”. Sue Hendricks presented a story in prelude to a music video by Big and Rich titled “The Eighth of November”.
The Kindergarten through fifth grade students sang a condensed version of all the Armed Forces’ songs as the student council handed out flags and “Thank You’s” to the veterans as they stood for their respective branch song.
The Student Council did a roll call of past veterans that are laid to rest in the Edgemont Cemetery with the student body and faculty standing as each name was read, not only showing their respect but the number of military members Edgemont has produced.
After a short intermission, the guest speakers, CPT Janel (AF Ret) and Chief J.C. (Navy Ret) Uiterwyk, addressed the audience talking about the history of November 11 and the meaning of being a veteran. They ended by reciting a poem by Lynne Carey called “Veteran”.
On November 11, 1918 the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at 11 a.m.—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”, known as Armistice Day, later renamed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on May 26, 1954.
The program ended with, a teary eyed, Becky Peterson thanking those who helped with the program, the friends and families in attendance, and all the veterans for their service once again.
Please remember, in the U.S., the function of Veterans Day is subtly different from that of other November 11 observances. Instead of specifically honoring war dead, Veterans Day honors all American veterans living and dead.
The official national remembrance of those killed in action is Memorial Day, originally called ‘Decoration Day’, from the practice of decorating the graves of soldiers, which originated in the years immediately following the American Civil War.