Hazleton Area Students Honor Veterans With a Breakfast

Veterans Get A Special

It was one of several Veterans Day events Friday at schools across St. Joseph. Snacks and coffee will be served in the commons area, followed by an assembly with veterans seated in a place of honor for acknowledgement of their service. Information is available from the individual schools.

With the lifting of a hand, students immediately became quiet and an honor guard of four uniformed Benton High School JROTC students presented the colors and the celebration began.

Cub Scout from Pack 25 says, "It makes me feel good to let them know that we still care about them because they did fight for our freedom". "That's a tradition that should be maintained".

"We have been hosting the annual veteran's day assembly for the last 14 years", Melonas said. "Most young people have no idea what those people did over 70 years ago".

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From World War 2 to Vietnam, Korea to Kuwait and more, military men and women who served their country were honored. "I was either unlucky to be there at the time or lucky I survived". "Just seeing everyone that has come out and we're just here to thank them really".

Norwood says, "It's important that our kids recognize and honor what our veterans have done and realize that could be a potential career path for them as well".

Melonas said each year, students and staff create an "honor wall" as a tribute to veterans.

David Sharos is a freelance reporter for The Beacon-News.

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