On Monday, November 11, Triopia High School honored local and area veterans during an assembly held in the high school gymnasium. This marks the sixth year the students, staff, and faculty have joined together with community members, family and friends to show the attending veterans and their families how much they are appreciated for their service and sacrifice.
The ceremony began at 10 a.m. with the Posting of the Colors by the Arenzville American Legion Post #604 followed by the “Star Spangled Banner” and the Pledge of Allegiance. The junior-senior high school band, chorus, and grade school classes performed a medley of patriotic songs in honor of the veterans. “A Soldier’s Story,” a Reader’s Theater selection written by Ken Bradbury, was performed by members of the Theater Class. The selection was based on letters written by former serviceman Wilbur Meyer during his deployment to Korea in the 1950’s.
Approximately 67 veterans from the various branches of the armed services were in attendance along with their family members. Emcees Griffin Greene and Dean Arendt acknowledged those veterans present by reading their names as they stood to be recognized. Also recognized were family members of soldiers not present, Triopia graduates who are currently serving or who have recently left the service, and all those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.
A moment-of-silence was taken to remember and honor Mike Stinson and Tommy Thomas, former servicemen and long-time employees of Triopia, as well as Robert Kircher, Ronnie Burrus, Warren Lakamp, Les Luttrell, Harlan Roegge, and Bob Stock, all former servicemen who passed away this past year.
Special recognition was given to Gene Farmer, long-time teacher and coach at Triopia who served in the Army from 1960-1962, who passed away in January. Gene’s granddaughter, Megan Lynn, gave the closing, and the ceremony ended with the singing of “God Bless America” and the Retiring of the Colors.
The veterans and their family members were then served lunch by the Triopia National Honor Society and the Triopia Student Council.
The Veterans’ Day assembly has become a special tradition at the school.
“It’s a great way to honor our veterans around this area who risked their lives fighting for our freedom,” commented junior Griffin Greene. “It means a lot to me personally and to all of us at the school. It’s become something we all look forward to.”
Fellow junior Patrick McLain agreed. “It’s right to show respect to the veterans. They deserve a lot more than that, but it’s one small token of our gratitude for what they’ve done.”