Harding Middle School staff and students showed their respect and support for our country’s veterans during the 16th annual Veterans Day Recognition Program on Monday, Nov. 10. Mayor Michael Summers and Principal Joe Niemantsverdriet welcomed the veterans and reminded students of the importance of taking time to thank those that have served their country.
The program's feature speaker was Class of '95 LHS grad and former Army Sgt. Mike Glick, who is a current Cleveland Police Department officer. Glick gave the audience a few history lessons and recounted several stories that illustrated the deep and significant impact serving in the military has had in his life.
A presentation by retired Cpl. Vince Capka reminded students of the plight of our country's POW and MIA servicemen and women. A table set for one with various items on the table representing the saga of those unable to return home served to raise the awareness of the POW and MIA members of the military.
A highlight of the program came when the 8th Grade Band played a medley of the different theme songs for the Armed Forces branches. Veterans from each branch stood to be recognized as their theme song was played. The veterans also received pins in honor or their service from representatives from the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Also honored at the ceremony were winners of the VFW's Patriot Pen essay contest. Winning for their pieces on what democracy means to them are: Erin Kelly (1st place, $150), Lily Fordu (2nd, $100), Belah, Tuskes (3rd, $75) and Seth Andregg (4th, $25).
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