Members of the Preston and Harmony American Legions and Preston VFW listen as students read their essays about veterans during the program on Friday.
JENNIFER CHRISTOPH/NEWS LEADER
Members of the Preston and Harmony American Legions and Preston VFW listen as students read their essays about veterans during the program on Friday. JENNIFER CHRISTOPH/NEWS LEADER
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Veterans Day is a day when everyone thanks a veteran for their service. On Friday, Nov. 10, the students at Fillmore Central Elementary did just that.

The program started with the veterans and families from Preston Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Preston American Legion, The Harmony American Legion, the VFW Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary walked into the gym carrying the American flag and presenting the colors. The students, veterans and audience all stood and joined in singing the National Anthem.

Then Ron Scheevel serving as the presenter, called upon students to read their original essays about veterans and Veterans Day.

Students wrote essays to present to the veterans. One of the students, Kyra Arndt presented her original essay about veterans. She touched on how Veteran Day came to be. She explained how, on Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice was called, and World War I came to an end. It used to be called Armistice Day but was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 and declared an official holiday. She also shared that veterans should be thanked and remembered every day, not just on Veterans Day.

Ron Scheevel shared with the attendees that the veterans commissioned a new flag pole and flags at the school in Harmony. He also explained that the flag must be hung and flown properly.

The keynote speaker was Josh Krage who lives in Preston and has an insurance company in Lanesboro. Krage was a member of the US Army. One of his best memories in the service is when he was roughly 15 feet away from the President of the United States.

One of the things he learned in the military was teamwork. He said in the military you leave no one behind, and everyone is a part of the team whether young or old. He explained to the students what it meant to be part of a team by teaching them to sing cadences. When they sang together, they were part of a team and the older grades who learned the cadence first were the leaders.

A moment of silence was then observed while Taps was played. The veterans exited the gym silently and the audience followed.