(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Manila high school history students and choir students joined to present a special Veteran's Day program on Monday.
Jessica Fleeman, student council president, welcomed students, staff and guests. She recognized the veterans and anyone currently serving in the armed forces. She read a Veteran's Day tribute.
Trey McCormick led the Pledge of Allegiance. Trey Wells and Zachary Reinhart presented the colors.
Nathan Robbins gave the history of the Star-Spangled Banner followed by the Manila High School choir singing the "Star Spangled Banner."
Tracey Reinhart read "A Soldier's Mission,"
Drew Warren gave a history of "My America," followed by the Manila Choir singing "My America."
David Shedd read a poem, "Our Soldiers," reminding everyone of the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve.
Erin Flagg spoke on the price of freedom.
"Over the history of our country many men and women have died in war," Flagg said. "Let's pay respect to the fallen soldiers."
Students held signs with the number of casualties each war left behind. They included American Revolution 4,435; War of 1812 2,260; Mexican War 1,733; Civil War 191,963; Spanish American War 385; World War I 53,402; World War II 291,557; Korean War 33,741; Vietnam War 47,424; Persian Gulf War 147; Operation Iraqi Freedom to date 3,855.
"Let's keep these men and women in our heart today and always," Flagg said. "Let us never forget them."
Manila High School choir sang "Blades of Grass."
Andrew Fleeman read a poem entitled "They Did their Share."
The men and women who have served were saluted.
The MHS choir sang a patriotic salute singing songs from each branch of the military.
Jessica Fleeman ended the program by reminding everyone to take a moment to thank a veteran.