Posted On: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Veterans from across generations and from all the Armed Forces branches gathered on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Harding Middle School as part of the 17th Annual Veterans Day Recognition Program hosted by Harding staff, students, and Help To Others (H2O) service group.

Veterans began the morning with a breakfast where they could share memories with other veterans and some of the students on hand,as well as Superintendent Jeff Patterson and Mayor Mike Summers.

Following the breakfast, an all-school assembly honored the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.

Principal Joe Niemantsverdriet, Superintendent Jeff Patterson and Mayor Summers urged the students to be mindful of the sacrifices veterans have made over the years so that they can enjoy their freedom.

After the welcome remarks, the Harding 8th grade band paid tribute to the veterans by playing a medley of fight songs from all the branches. As each song was played, veterans from the respective branch stood and were honored with a red carnation presented by a student.

Past Commander of American Legion Post 451, retired Col. Art Stone, paid tribute to our countries POWs and MIAs, which number in the tens of thousands. A table set for one signified the plight of all our missing service members and those captured in previous wars.

Finally, the students and veterans also heard from Lakewood High graduate (Class of ’54) Jerry Murphy, a former chief senior petty officer for the US Navy, who served in the Viet Nam conflict. 

For more pictures from the breakfast and the ceremony, please visit our Photo Gallery.

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