GAMBIER — Students at Wiggin Street Elementary School gathered Wednesday afternoon to honor Veterans Day. Members of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 4027 attended the program, presenting the colors. Post Commander Mike Rector led students in the Pledge of Allegiance and also spoke to students of the importance of remembering the day.
“Veterans Day is not a day of sadness,” said Rector, “but a day to rejoice in the freedom of our nation. It is because of the men and women who serve our great nation that we have such freedoms as going to school.”
He reminded students to respect the flag.
“When you see the flag coming down the street, stand up, put your hand over your heart until it passes, and if you are wearing a hat remove it,” he said. “At ballgames you should always stand as The Star-Spangled Banner is played, and again, take off your hat if you are wearing one.
“So remember that Veterans Day is not only a day to honor those that died in wars but a day set aside to honor all those who have served in the military in defense of our freedoms,” he continued. “Tonight, when you can, thank your dad, grandfather, uncle, and anyone you know that has served in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and the Coast Guard, and say that you remember them on Veterans Day.”
Fifth-grade students Keely Bainbridge, Rouke Croswell, Emily Russell, Max Feller, Chloe Burdette and Cameron Farmer each read a piece about the meaning of Veterans Day.
The sun shined brightly on a cloudless sky, illuminating the American flag for all present to see. As the message of “God Bless America” was played, students stood in silence and listened to the words of inspiration.