Peninsula School Honors Veterans at Take a Veteran to School Day Event

Veterans honored at Hillsboro High School

Nixa High School spent their morning the service, sacrifice, and loyalty of this nations veterans.

The Highland County Veterans Honor Guard prepares to post the colors on Friday at the Hillsboro High School gymnasium.

"They provided us with coffee and doughnuts to supply to our guests, which is great", Melonas said. 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.

"We've got parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles".

"Each year this is one of our highlights during the school year", said Jason Reinecke, West Ottawa High School Assistant Principal.

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".

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Together the crowd of both young and old heard from speakers. The students also recited various pledges.

Joseph Ramos was one of those students.

Dean, who attended Hillsboro High School and is now an assistant basketball coach there, said the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 led him to join the military.

"There's just so much to say about him. Just being able to walk him out and show him off a little bit is a good feeling", Ramos said.

"We wanted students to take a more active role as this is part of their leadership training and development", said Lt. Col. Erik Pettyjohn, Air Force (retired), who leads the JROTC program.

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