By Helen Elkins
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The gymnasium was packed with students and community members as Hilltop honored service men and women, veterans, and family members during their Veterans Day assembly.
Each year, Elementary Vocal Music Director Deb Schaefer organizes an event to honor those who have served, are currently serving, or who have lost their lives in combat. Students in her music program, grades 3-6, sang patriotic wartime songs and educated the audience with stories of wars, past and present.
The students also recited a story of the POW-MIA Table Ceremony and told guests what each object meant and the importance of remembering our fallen heroes.
Paul Kyser, teacher and coach at Hilltop, gave an unforgettable speech about his service in the military, what led up to him joining, and the many thoughts and feelings which he, and other veterans, experience after combat.
Speaking of the men and women who have protected our freedoms, Paul said, “It doesn’t end when they get home or off that plane. Their service continues on and on.”
He communicated to the students the importance of respect for those who have served in the military, especially those who fought. His speech brought tears to the eyes of many and ended with a standing ovation.
On Veterans Day, Hilltop went over-the-top in honoring our American heroes! Thank you for your service.
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