“Veterans, we are free because you made a sacrifice, thanks!” was on the marquee, to reminds us why we honor them. Morgan Middle School presented their annual Veterans Day Assembly, a tradition of honoring veterans that has continued over the past ten years.
The assembly was held, Nov. 11, in the MMS gym, the students, parents, grandparents, active military, and veterans, welcomed by Heather Astle. Ms Astle is MMS History teacher, who along with Christine Whittier’s assistance presented the program.
The audience rose to attention as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars presented the United States Flag as well as the Utah State Flag and the flags of all the branches of the U.S. military, and lead us in the Pledge. The Star Spangled Banner was performed by Sarah Elton and Meg Wilkinson.
Then Wendy Nelson and Bambi Pinhey sung,and original song written by Wendy Nelson,”To Our Veterans”, a song of gratitude conveyed through chorus “thank you all for standing that way”.
Special certificate of thanks was presented to the Veterans and also the Active Duty Military of Morgan, their names were read by Morgan Middle School Students, some of which are related to those mentioned.
Those veterans present, were recognized and stood when their branch of the military flag was raised and a medley of Armed Forces anthems were sung. The US Army Song “The Army Goes Rolling Along”, by the Sixth Grade Students; US Air Force Song, “Wild Blue Yonder” by the Seventh Grade Students; US Navy, “Anchors Aweigh” by the Eighth Grade Students and US Marine Corp, “From the Halls of Montezuma” by the MMS teachers. For each anthem sung, the level of pride and respect rose a little higher, and the levels peaked when the MMS Advanced Choir sang “God Bless America”. The MMS band also played.
A “Tribute to the Fallen of Morgan County” with their names and pictures were presented over the large screen. The reality of those soldiers, some youthful with a glimmer of hope in their eyes, and the others mature and determined to do what they had to do. Total of nineteen soldiers were remembered from World War I to as recent as Vietnam War. Their pictures, names and brief information, are on display in an enclosed case at the Morgan County Courthouse, next to the Auditorium.
Mike Maddeo, MMS Principal shared, “This has been an honor to do this” He commented it that everytime it brings a tear to his eye.