RSM hosts Veterans

Thursday, November 24, 2016

On Friday, November 11 Remsen St. Mary's held a Veterans' Day Service in the Sandy Augustine Memorial Gym. The service began with the advancement of colors and an invocation was led by Father Bill. David Grady then said a poem about a soldier as he reaches the gates of heaven. The guest speaker for this years' service was David Nicks. He spoke about how little comforts are a big deal to deployed soldiers. He told the story of how he fed a whole unit of soldiers in a remote base by filling helicopters when they came to refuel and was rewarded by getting to fly a helicopter. He then became an honoring member of this unit. After David Nicks' speech, the students played a video from Danika Portz called "My Superhero". The video was a music video to honor soldiers and the video was partially shot in the Middle East. After the video, the Armed Forces Medley was played and veterans stood up for the military branch that they served in. The flags were carried out for each branch of the military. Then each veteran in attendance was recognized and stood as their name was read. Tom Augustine read the proper way to fold the American flag while Ted Nothem and Steve Matgen were folding the flag. Mr. Les Douma explained the significance of the Missing Man's Table at the entrance to the gym. The Color Guard performed a 21-Gun Salute, and Taps was played by Robert Russell and Ms. Stephanie Niewohner. The National Anthem was then played by the high school band. The closing prayer was led by Father Bill before the retirement of colors. Everyone ended the prayer service by singing God Bless America. Afterwards the veterans were invited to the cafeteria for refreshments. Everyone really appreciates what the veterans have done for our country and the service was a great way to recognize the importance of the veterans.