HONORING THOSE WHO WERE IN UNIFORM

PHOTO OP- Among the veterans attending the breakfast at Roanoke-Benson Junior High were World War II veterans Wilmer Blunier and Harold Roth, who are pictured alongside students Annie Hodel and Natalie Hodel.

ROANOKE - When young and old gather together, it is a time to celebrate. That’s what Roanoke-Benson District 60 students did on Veterans Day that was observed with an assembly Friday in Dick Broers Gymnasium.

Veterans from both towns were invited to the inaugural Veteran's Day breakfast to be recognized for their service, enjoy coffee and doughnuts and listen to patriotic singing by students early in the day at the junior high in Benson.

High school business teacher and Navy veteran Eric Pigman introduced guest speaker John Myers, who manages the Peoria Honor Flight. Myers praised the school and the students for continuing the tradition of holding school on Veterans Day. He told the audience the word veteran means different things to different people.

“To me, it’s freedom,” Myers said. “It means pride, worry, fear, hope and sacrifice. This country would not be what it is today without their sacrifice."

He added Americans are proud to honor veterans, not only on Veterans Day, but every day of the year. He noted the entire world is a better place because of America.

Following the assembly, members of Roanoke American Legion Post No. 463 fired a 21-gun salute to their fallen comrades outside the high school followed by the playing of “Taps.” The flag in front of the high school flew at half-mast.

See article on Nov. 23 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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