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West County, Bismarck honor veterans

As part of honoring Veteran’s Day Tuesday the West County School District and the Bismarck School District each hosted several events.

The West County School District invited veterans to lunch at the elementary to start the activities. After lunch the veterans attended a program put on by the students for them.

Following the program, veterans went into different classrooms and read books to the students. Activities at the elementary school wrapped up with a parade. Floats in the parade were designed by the students to pay tribute to the veterans.

Bismarck hosted a program that included recognition of veterans, patriotic music and speeches written by students. The program started with each veteran in attendance being introduced and escorted by a senior. The Bismarck High School Flag Corps then presented the colors. The high school band followed with the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

The high school choir sang the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Following the musical selections, a power-point presentation was given entitled “Heroes Honor Roll.”

The band then performed “American Heroes.” Eighth grader Chelsie Mahurin gave a speech she wrote called “My Dream for America.”

After the wreath presentation by former Bismarck student Josh Skaggs, four juniors delivered speeches called “My Commitment to America’s Future.” Katie Cantrell, Sara Cox, Ashley Irby and David Moore each gave a speech.

The program ended with the playing of “Taps” and the retiring of the colors.

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