NEW KNOXVILLE — Veterans were welcomed into the gymnasium at New Knoxville Local School on Monday with a standing ovation during the school’s fifth annual Veterans Day program.
The Girl Scouts posted the colors to open the ceremony, and fourth-grade students led the crowd in the National Anthem. Attendees viewed a video made by New Knoxville art students, which featured pictures of local veterans. Senior Sara Clark, who narrated the assembly, provided a brief history on Veterans Day.
“In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I,” she said.
“This day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. This date was chosen because the end of World War I happened in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Veterans Day, a legal holiday in the United States, honors all who have served in the nation’s armed forces, whether they are living or dead.”
In the United States, there are more than 23 million veterans, she said.
“The number of military veterans in our country is estimated at 23.5 million, with 935,000 living in Ohio,” Clark said.
“We are pleased today to have a few of that number here in our gymnasium.”
The theme song for each branch of the military was played before Principal Linda Tebbe announced the name, branch of military and years of service for each veteran in attendance. Tebbe also recognized three New Knoxville seniors who will be joining the military upon graduation in May.
The crowd gathered in the gymnasium was again brought to its feet to show appreciation for all the veterans have done.
“To conclude our program, I’d like to invite students, family and friends to join me in one last time thanking these veterans here today as we honor their service, loyalty and their dedication to our country,” Clark said.
Following the assembly, veterans were treated to cookies and refreshments with friends and family.