Tuesday, November 11
The North Harrison student body and staff paid tribute to our local veterans Tuesday, November 11. Veterans and their spouses were invited to join the students for breakfast in the cafeteria. Community members were invited to attend the assembly in the high school gymnasium.
The Veterans and spouses from the Eagleville Memorial Post 56, American Legion presented the colors and were honored during the ceremony. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kadyn Hukill. The National Anthem was presented by Kamden Robertson, son of Veteran Garrett Robertson. The band and choir performed My America.
In observance of Veteran’s Day, the American Legion sponsored a poster contest for elementary students and an essay contest for middle school and high school students. This year several North Harrison students participated in the contests, and members of the Eagleville Memorial Post 56 honored the top three posters and essays from each group. Those placing in the top three received a certificate of appreciation and recognition. In addition, the winners received $50 dollars; second place received $25 dollars and third place received 15 dollars.
Congratulations to all of the poster winners. Please take a moment to look at the winning posters here on display. 3rd place: Nick Babinski, 2nd Place: Halle Morgan, and1st place: Mary Beth Collins. Congratulations to Mardee Sadowsky for writing the winning middle school essay. 3rd Place: Collin Briggs, 2nd Place: Ashlynn Niffen.
Mr. Wayne Milligan performed a violin solo for to honor the veterans. Wayne served as a member of the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
The guest speaker will be Missouri National Guard Sgt. Clint Bain, a 2006 graduate of North Harrison. Sgt. Bain recently became a National Guard recruiter. In his eight years of service, four of those years have been on active duty orders through the National Guard.
In 2003, the mother of a serviceman who was deployed to Iraq established the “Quilts of Valor Foundation.” Quilts of Valor was designed to make certain that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude by creating special handmade quilts for them. These wartime quilts, called “Quilts of Valor” would be a reminder to service men and women of America’s appreciation and gratitude.
Two “Quilts of Valor” were on display throughout the program. One was handmade by Mary Lou White and was presented to Bob Richardson for his service. The second quilt was stitched by Janet Ury. Ron and Janet Ury were very pleased to present this “Quilt of Valor” to Mr. Richard Rucker. Mr. Rucker was drafted into the army in 1971 at 19 years of age. He served terms in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and two terms in Iraq. He retired from the Army in 2011 after 40 years and 9 months of service.
The North Harrison students and staff were so happy to be able to celebrate Veteran's Day with the Veteran's from our Community!