MMCRU hosts Veterans Day Program

Thursday, November 24, 2016

By: Hunter Johnson, MMCRU Journalism What is Veterans Day? It is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I, November 11, to honor U.S. veterans and victims of all wars. It took the place of Armistice Day in 1954. It is a day to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military, in wartime and peacetime. MMCRU celebrated the day with a Veterans Day program. The Student Council was in charge of the program, which started at 10 am in Remsen, with the Color Guard from Post #220, Remsen; F.I. Goodburn Post #517, Marcus; and VFW #3225, Remsen presenting the colors. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all, and the proclamation from President Obama was read. Next was the an acappella group called "Blend." They had four singers, and they sang "God Bless the USA" and "God Bless America." The veterans who were present at the program were recognized. There were veterans from each branch of the service. The guest speaker was Capt. Tony Opbroek, Ret., South Dakota Army National Guard. He is the father of an MMCRU High School teacher. Father Bill McCarthy gave the benediction, and then the folding of the flag took place. T. J. Schaefer, volunteer organizer for the Veterans Day program, had this to say, "I thought it was fun and very nice to see all the students enthused about putting on the program. I thought the students were great and the guest speaker did a fantastic job of portraying the sacrifices our brave young men and women go through to serve our country."