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A day to remember

‘Today we pause to honor all the brave men and women who have served’

 Webster City High School students thank Air Force veteran Marty Duffy for his service following the Veterans Day program at Webster City High School on Monday afternoon.

“I am not a hero, but I have had the honor of walking among a few,” quoted Webster City Associate Principal Pat Farley introducing the Webster City High School Veterans Day keynote speaker, Tech. Sgt. Savannah Page of the US Air Force National Guard, based in Des Moines.

Today is a day to remember the sacrifice that veterans have made, said Page.

“In every generation, someone you know has served,” Page noted. “Today we pause to honor all the brave men and women who have served”.

Page noted that Monday was the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and this year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day when brave soldiers helped to liberate Europe during World War II. Of those soldiers, a large contingent were from Iowa, the Dakotas and Minnesota.

“They fought decisive battles across France and Italy that set up the conditions of the surrender of Germany,” explained Page.

Members of the Dance Connection performed a patriotic dance for the Webster City Veterans Day program on Monday at the Webster City High School. Pictured are Gaby Larson and Kaitlyn Lovelace.

While millions have served, every single veteran is important to the mission and success of the military because they are part of a cohesive team, said Page.

While in the service, veterans fight for freedom and peace. After their service, they continue their service in their communities, she said.

“All veterans truly are heroes because they serve,” she said. “There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer”.

Addressing the students directly, Page asked that every eligible young person consider the military as a choice for themselves.

Pride and honor should be available to all citizens, said Page, who added her reason for enlisting.

Tech. Sgt. Savannah Page of the US Air Force National Guard

“I wanted to do something bigger or better than what was just me”, she said.

Other speakers included NHS Vice President Garrett Whitmore who spoke of the sweetness of enduring peace that is stained by the sacrifice of those taken prisoner or who are missing in action. The POW/MIA soldier was illustrated by the empty table with a place setting which harkened to the pain and suffering endured by both the soldier and his loved ones.

Kasey Porter, Student Body Vice President, introduced the reading of Taps, the melancholy 24-note bugle call which is now placed at all funerals of departed service members. Soloist Allison Carr then performed the tune.

Claire Goebel, National Honor Society Secretary, presented the selection by WCHS 1942 graduate Neva Hunter entitled “The Flag” which ends with the line “It is the heart, The soul, of All America”.

Luann Jackson of Hamilton County Veterans Affairs announced that Hamilton County has received the Home Base Iowa designation. The program provides many services to veterans, most notably, it coordinates efforts to find employment for veterans after their service is complete and helps employers find qualified veterans for their businesses. In addition, the program helps veterans and their families throughout their lives and after they are gone.

The day’s program concluded with the Armed Forces Medley performed by the WCHS Band.

Members of the Webster City American Legion Post 191 were greeted by the high school students following the ceremony.

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