Central Junior High School honored former military service members Nov. 10 at a Veterans Day Celebration.
“We have not been able to hold an assembly since the pandemic,” said Mande Wray, Central Junior High School social studies teacher. “We have held drive-thru celebrations instead. It’s important to remember the men and women who’ve served in the U.S. military, she said.
“Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to honor these brave men and women, as well as their families, and to remember what they have done for our country,” Wray said. “It is important for each generation to learn about the past and to take time to learn about service and sacrifice.”
Retired U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Maj. Lance Nutt, founder and CEO of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, was the celebration’s keynote speaker.
Nutt recognized the effort staff and students put into the event and thanked them for honoring the region's military.
The event also included the national anthem by the Warriors Singers, the presentation of the colors by Boy Scout Troop 777, the Pledge of Allegiance and an American flag presentation by Warriors in Action, as well as a flag procession and musical performances by the Central Wind Symphony and the Advanced Men’s Choir and Chantez.
Springdale Public Schools staff, school administrators, members of the community and about 900 Central Junior High School students attended the celebration.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11, but the school traditionally features its annual celebration the day before the national holiday, Wray said.
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