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Veterans Day Program 2023

Hearing from retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Kenny Miller

It was a meaningful morning at Heartland for the 2023 Veterans Day Program.

The program began with the high school choir singing the National Anthem.

This was followed by Mrs. Reinke announcing the elementary essay contest winners: Jackson B. (3rd place), Easton S. (2nd place), and Emma H. (1st place). Each student read their essay to the audience.

Next, the third and fourth graders sang a song of thanks to the veterans. Winners of the elementary coloring contest were also announced.

Mr. Carr then presented the winners of the secondary essay contest. Second place winner Tara B. shared her essay with gratefulness for the freedoms she is able enjoy, and winner Georgia K.'s recorded essay emphasized thanks for the veterans and also for their supportive families.

The assembly had the opportunity to hear from retired United States Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Kenny Miller as he was interviewed by Zach M. It was insightful to learn about his career and his transition to civilian live in York.

Virginia Fay shared a story about her childhood neighbor who went on to serve in the Army, dying in the Battle of the Bulge. She was able to learn more about his life and visit where he was buried in the American Cemetery in Luxembourg.

Veterans and current military members who were in attendance were then recognized by Austin S. It was very informative to learn about the contributions of these individuals, and their service was met with a standing ovation.

"God Bless America" was sung by the whole assembly, and after a closing was given by Kaylee G., the playing of taps and a moment of silence to remember all who have served concluded the program.

Refreshments were available to the veterans and their guests in the cafeteria where the students enjoyed conversing with them.

Thank you to the Heartland National Honor Society for facilitating the program.

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