Tulpehocken High School’s AP Government class hosted a Veterans Day program Nov. 10, honoring local veterans during the program. The first of its kind for the school, they hope the program will be an annual event.
Taught by Michael Minnich, social studies teacher, the AP Government class of eight juniors organized the program “to honor the veterans who did so much for us.”
“I thought it would be a good idea to do this for our veterans. I hope they feel appreciated. Sometimes we just say thank you, just words. I hope this is more than that, to show that we really appreciate what they did for us, the sacrificing, the time away from their family and serving the country.”
The program included performances by high school students in the Show Choir and the High School Band.
“While over seas, on the seas or in the seas, we thank you for your sacrifice. You did what no one else would, you enlisted. You fought, you survived to tell your story. Thank you for your bravery. You served and protected this great country, protected your friends and family, people’s names you don’t even know, you protected my classmates... We thank you for your love of your community,” said Tulpehocken junior Devon Klopp while reading a Veterans Day Poem during the program.
Local veterans were recognized for their bravery and service to the United States during the program, Tulpehocken School Board member Anthony Rodig, Tulpehocken alumnae Class 1998 Kristan Rhine, and community members Dominga Pedraza, Barry Himmelberger, John Lesher and Milford Hawdick. Each were presented a gift.
A moment of silence was held for those who died on the battlefield and “Taps” was played on trumpet.
The keynote speaker was Congressman Charlie Dent who was glad to be at Tulpehocken High for the Veterans Day program to address students and veterans. Dent feels it is important that schools take time out to acknowledge Veterans Day and talk about its meaning.
“It’s really important that our young people are exposed to Veterans Day and that they learn about the sacrifices veterans made so that they may better appreciate the freedoms that they enjoy,” said Dent.
During the program, Minnich challenged students to “follow veterans’ example and sacrifice in some way for our nation. You can help a neighbor in need. Tutor or mentor a child. Serve on a jury. Volunteer as a firefighter. Become a police officer. Or like the veterans present today, join the military and protect our great nation. All of our sacrifices large and small will keep the United States of America the greatest nation. Veterans, once again, thank you for your bravery and your service to this great nation.”
After the program, AP government student Jenna Grosko, a junior, said, “It was really sweet to see all of the veterans and they looked so happy which was really nice.”
She hopes veterans left knowing how thankful the students are for their service and know they are appreciated.
“Veterans gave a lot and some gave their lives. We should appreciate them more,” said Grosko.