Students, teachers, parents and most importantly veterans came from all over to give homage to the men and woman who have served in the United States Military. The Elsberry R-II School District presented veterans with an early day breakfast in the school Cafeteria, thanks to Judy Markwardt and the rest of the cafeteria staff on Friday, Nov. 9 and allowed children and grandchildren of those who served to join them.
Following their hearty feast the honored men and women made their way to the High School Gymnasium where they were further honored as STUCO Members led them in the Pledge of Allegiance and Elsberry City Mayor and Commander of VFW Post 9064 spoke on what it meant to be a veteran.
“I am proud of those men and woman who gave up so much to insure the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Martin. “I am honored to see by the faces around the room to know we did it not in vain but out of the respect and honor of this great nation. Thank you.”
After Martin’s emotional speech, Middle School Student and STUCO Member Allie Smith read aloud what it meant to her about the sacrifices made by honored veteran, simply ending by saying, “thank you for all you have done and will do.”
Then before the audience was asked to take a moment of silence, “The Treble Makers,” directed by Jenny Lynn Heras, gave a vocal presentation by singing their version of “Red, White and Blue.”
The morning seemed to be an emotional experience for many of those who attended and many were caught saying thank you for the honor they were given.