Photo contributed by Michele Madril
Celebrations were held in the Morrow County School District to honor those serving our country during special Veterans Day programs.
At A.C. Houghton Elementary School in Irrigon, the Umatilla-Irrigon Lions Club presented a program. Afterwards, each first grade student was given a small United States flag.
Irrigon Jr./Sr. High School teacher Andrew Johnson, who is currently serving in the Oregon National Guard, shared about his service. Student presentations included a song by Clara Sexton-Funk, and Jocelyn Dyer read an essay she wrote. In addition, Liz Perez, Liz Nunez and Alex Walls shared pieces written by fellow students. Also, Boy Scout Troop #602 presented the colors and the high school pep band played the national anthem.
At Sam Boardman Elementary School, music teacher Heather Noble led students in performing patriotic songs. Also, second and third grade students presented the history of Veterans Day, the Pledge of Allegiance and gave cards to veterans in attendance. The Boardman Police Explorers provided the color guard.
Veterans were honored throughout the morning at Heppner Jr./Sr. High School — concluding with a lunch for the veterans and their families.
Veterans visited classrooms where staff and students were eager to hear first-hand experiences of men and women in uniform. After classroom visits, everyone gathered in the gym and each veteran received a gift. The band and choir performed “Armed Forces on Parade” and “Already Home.” And a video presentation featured pictures of the veterans during their time in the military.
Former Heppner math teacher David Melville was the honored guest speaker. He shared about sacrifices that veterans and their families make and urged students to continue to support veterans.
A roll call was held recognizing each veteran that included their name, rank, branch of service and dates of enlistment. Concluding the program was a moment of silence and “Taps” to recognize veterans who have died.