Fillmore Central students observe Veterans Day

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Preston veteran Ronnie Scheevel welcomed everyone at the Veterans Day programs.

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Original patriotic readers for the program were, from left, Teahya Toney, Taylor Saunders, Xander Johnson, Lillyan Kiehne, Elianna Cassmann and Brennus Braaten.

DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER Speaker Josh Krage gives the Veterans Day address to the elementary school students. He also gave the address at the high school earlier in the day.

Josh Krage addressed students at both Fillmore Central Elementary School and Fillmore Central High School in separate Veterans Day programs Monday.

Krage taught the elementary school students how to stand at attention, how to salute the flag and even an Army cadence during his address.

Several high school students received awards for patriotic writing. Voice of Democracy winners were Oliver Hoeltzle for first place and Pailey Gordon for second place. Patriots’ Pen winner was Jackie Whitacre with Siri Corson getting second.

In the elementary school program several students gave patriotic readings during the ceremony. They included Brennus Braaten, Elianna Cassmann, Xander Johnson, Lillyan Kiehne, Taylor Saunders and Teahya Toney.

The Preston color guard presented the flags for the elementary school program while the Harmony color guard was on hand for the high school program. Veteran Ronnie Scheevel from the Preston post gave an introduction and closing remarks at each program.

During the elementary school program, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students sang the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “God Bless the USA” and “Taps” was played by Richard Milne. At the high school program, the choir sang “God Bless the USA.”