A Day for Honoring Our Local Heroes

By Alexa Cline, Senior          

    Tuesday, November 11th, the Pawnee City Schools came together in commemoration of our local war veterans. The day included performances from the elementary, junior high, and high school, as well as a speech from our guest speaker-- the mayor of Syracuse, Tomas Oritz.
    Leading the community into the start of the program, was all students kindergarten through 6th grade, singing On Veteran’s Day. From there Superintendent Mr. Grizzle welcomed those present and introduced the American Legion, American Veterans, and Veterans of Foreign Wars for the posting of the colors. Afterwards, the Pawnee City Band and 7th grade chorus performed two more Veteran’s Day classics, The Star Spangled Banner and America, of Thee I Sing.
    Next, Mr. Grizzle went on to present the living honor roll where veterans in the audience were acknowledged for their service of the United States. One of these war heroes, Master Sergeant Tomas Oritz, then stepped forward to give a vivid recapitulation of his own experience in the U.S. Army National Guard. He spoke of lives lost and the effect the war had on him both at home and overseas-- giving the audience a clearer insight of what exactly our veterans have sacrificed.
    During the last half of the program there were several more performances by the Pawnee City Schools, as well as a patriotic presentation from the 5th grade computer students. These children put together a slideshow of Veteran’s Day poems and images, accompanied with music. Then drawing the day to a close, Mr. Grizzle gave the closing remarks before handing the program back over to the American Legion, the American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars for a retiring of the colors.

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