The gymnasium full of teenagers remained respec-tively silent as Cassville High School students Anthony Larson and A.J. Frana concluded last Friday's Veterans Day Assembly by playing "Taps."
Most of the veterans who gathered for the annual ceremony stood with heads bowed as they remembered friends and fellow soldiers who gave their lives fighting for freedom.
"Taps" marked the end of an hour-long program that included patriotic perfor-mances by CHS choir, band and speech and debate students under the direction of vocal music director Mary Richmiller, speech and debate coach Derrick Blankenship and directors of instrumental music Steve Lyons and Mike Driskill.
The CHS Chorale performed "I Hear America Singing" and the Girls Choir sang "Our America." Members of the Centerstage Show Choir offered their rendition of "Lean on Me."
The high school band played "In the Mood" and "Each Time You Tell Your Story" with narration by CHS Assistant Principal Terry Jamieson.
Layne Rose, Alana Wright and Kassie Schless-man read "The Marine's Farewell," and Bekah Crawford offered the reading entitled "Thirteen Folds" while Junior ROTC members Ellison Thao and John Gouvion folded the flag.
Stefanee Langley and Jody Cavness read their Veterans Day essays, which were selected as essay contest winners. (Both essays have been reprinted in this week's issue of the Cassville Democrat.)
At the start of the assembly, CHS Principal Brad Hanson read the names of the veterans in attendance and their years of military service. Each veteran received a special certificate of appreciation from the CHS student body.
The assembly was followed by a veterans reception, which was hosted by the CHS Student Council and Cassville FFA Chapter.
A Color Guard was also presented during the assembly. Members of the Guard included
Shane Beck, Aaron Ratterree, Erik Swaffar, Thao and Tim Worley.