GREENSBURG – North Decatur High School (NDHS) held its annual Veterans Day program Monday morning to honor the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The program began with the March of Heroes, where veterans entered the gymnasium while bagpipes were played by Jerry Carey. The Color Guard of the American Legion Post #129 and the Greensburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5584 presented the colors before NDHS teacher and organizer of the program Ernest Ruble welcomed veterans, students and guests to the school.
Ruble recognized all the veterans in attendance and asked the students at NDHS who have already committed to joining a branch of the military after graduation to stand. There were six young men at the school who will be leaving for basic training shortly after they accept their diplomas. All were honored with thunderous applause by the audience.
Members of the NDHS Concert Band and North Decatur Singers performed several songs during the presentation. The ND Singers sang a memorable rendition of the National Anthem while the band provided music. A highlight of the program was the “Armed Forces Salute- the Pride of America” which included the official song for each branch of the military. Veterans were asked to stand and be recognized when their branch’s song was played. Both groups also performed an emotion-filled “Hymn of the Fallen.”
Shelbi Callahan read a short essay she wrote titled, “The Bravest Man I Know,” about her father, a military veteran. Callahan recalled always wanting another story about his days in the military when she was a child and finished with the request that the audience not clap for her, but for her father and all the veterans present.
Many poems and essays written by others were read by NDHS students during the Veterans Day program. “Armistice” by Sophie Jewett was read by Logan Hobbs, Emily Scott read the poem “We Owe Them a Lot” by Joanna Fuchs and Molly Trenkamp read “Reality in Afghanistan” by Phil Williams. Eric Moorman read the poem “With Praise for Aging Veterans” by Greg Asimakoupoulos and Ashleigh Kramer read the short poem, “Mya’s Wish” which detailed a young girl’s prayer to God to return her father, who had been recently killed in action while serving.