Cassville, local schools to host annual Veterans Day events

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Veterans, community invited to partake in special events

Cassville High School will once again be hosting its annual Veterans Day event to honor U.S. veterans for their service to our country.

The event will be held in the high school gymnasium on Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. All veterans, their families and the general public is invited to partake in the event.

"It is one of the most important things we do here," said Principal Jeff Swadley. "Without our veterans' sacrifices, we may not be here celebrating anything, or getting to enjoy all of the things we do, and take for granted most of the time, like basketball, football, band, choir, etc."

Students will play a large role in the event, honoring veterans with patriotic band and choir performances, under the direction of Band Director Ed Lammers, essay readings and a special reception for veterans afterward. Students from the middle school choir will also perform.

"After the event, we invite the veterans to have cake and punch, and the students serve them,"Swadley said.

Students, faculty and staff spend weeks practicing and preparing to make the event memorable for veterans.

"Students in our entire community arts program, grades nine through 12, write an essay, and this year, the prompt was, 'How to thank a veteran,' and the two essay winners will read their essays at the event," Swadley said. "A flag will also be provided to one chosen veteran."

Swadley said the school works hard to spread the message throughout the year that everyone in the community is welcome to partake in the event, but veterans most especially.

"We typically have anywhere from 50 to 100 vets attend," he said. "I've been told repeatedly by vets that we have the very best program out there, and I'm proud of that."

For more information about the event, people may call the high school at 417-847-3137.

Other area schools will also honor local veterans with programs.

Exeter schools will host a program at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The color guard will present the colors, and the choir, band and speech and debate departments will present. Three fifth-grade students will also recite veteran-themed poems. There will also be a presentation to the veterans.

Southwest schools on Friday will host a meal at 11:45 a.m. and a program at 12:45 p.m. at the high school. Wheaton High School will host its assembly at 10 a.m. on Friday, with a lunch following to 11 a.m. Purdy schools' program will be at 2:15 in the high school gym.

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