On November 11th, Moffat County High School took a full day to honor those who have and still are sacrificing their lives for our freedom.
The day began with an assembly where the band performed "The Armed Forces Salute" and the choir sang, "Song for an Unsung Hero." Directly after, a panel of local veterans took the stage and answered questions from both students and teachers. Questions ranged from what combat was like, to how it felt living without family. Most veterans were very open about their experiences and were happy to share. Next came the slideshow of local people who are serving, those who have served, and those who have died serving. Many local people are actually involved in the military, whether it be themselves, a friend or relative. After the slideshow, a video interview was shown of a World War II veteran who talked about his time serving and what life was like during the war.
Then came the biggest part of the assembly. Sergeant Major (SGM) Dwight Utley came up and spoke about his current time in the service. SGM Utley is currently assigned to the United States Special Operations Command as the Army Special Operations Liaison. His mantra of the day was, "Know who you are and whose you are." After SGM Utley finished, the traditional flag ceremony was held with a rifle salute. A moment of silence was also observed for those who have passed away while serving. At the end of the gathering, the school had an open campus lunch. After lunch, students went to regular classes where the teachers' objectives were to incorporate the "Veterans Day" theme into their lessons. Their lessons included games of Jeopardy, essays, lectures, and short videos. Some classes even went back to the auditorium to have a question and answer session with SGM Utley.
Many things have changed from last year's assembly. MCHS did not have the demonstration of the flag folding, the explanation of TAPS, or the dedication to Major Adams this year. It was determined by the council who put the assembly together that those things didn't attract nor hold the attention of many students. But the council did take notice that the panel of veterans was a large success, and that is why they decided to expand it for this year's gathering.
MCHS feels it is very important to honor our veterans, and that is why they take the time to set aside an entire day for such an occasion. Plans to make next year even better are already being made. Veterans Day has always been important to MCHS, and the tradition of celebrating it continues every year with hopes of more people being recognized and honored for their services.