Annual MCHS Veterans Day ceremony set for Friday |

Annual MCHS Veterans Day ceremony set for Friday

Bridget Manley

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62 pose for a group photo Nov. 11, 2010, during a Veterans Day ceremony at Moffat County High School. The MCHS social studies department is putting on another Veterans Day ceremony scheduled for Friday, which includes a flag ceremony at 11:11 a.m. at the high school, 900 Finley Lane.

Men and women who serve in the military make a sacrifice — sometimes of their time, sometimes of their lives.

"This is an ultimate sacrifice," said Mark Wick, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig. "You give a portion of your life as well as some people give their life.

"And we should never forget that."

Moffat County High School students and teachers will honor those sacrifices Friday during the school's annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Most of the day's events are solely for students and local veterans and their families, said Liane Davis-Kling, an MCHS social studies teacher. She added that members of the public "are certainly welcome to join us" for a flag ceremony at 11:11 a.m. at the high school's football field.

The high school social studies department is organizing the event, which includes a question-and-answer session with local veterans, presentations from representatives of the VFW and American Legion posts in Craig, and performances by the MCHS band and CenterStage, the high school's varsity choir.

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The high school has traditionally hosted a Veterans Day ceremony, but the event was mainly limited to a flag ceremony on school grounds, Davis-Kling said. Two years ago, however, school staff expanded the ceremony to include other events.

As in past years, the high school is hosting a panel in which local veterans answer questions about their time in the service. In the past, those questions have ranged from what food they ate in the military to what sort of weapons the veterans used in combat, Davis-Kling said.

"The kids loved it," she said. "We're going to try it again this year."

After the flag ceremony, students will spend two class periods learning about the military, Veterans Day and other related topics in keeping with the holiday, Davis-Kling said.

Recognizing Veterans Day is important, especially for high school students, because it's a "remembrance of all the people that have done anything and everything" for their country, Wick said.

Jake Garcia, American Legion Post 62 commander, has a similar view.

"We have to keep our veterans in our minds all the time because they made a big sacrifice, one way or another, to help this country be as great as it is," he said.

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If you go …

What: Veterans Day flag ceremony

When: 11:11 a.m. Friday

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

— Local veterans and their families are welcome to attend other Veterans’ Day events at the high school, which begin at 7:30 a.m. and include a veterans’ question-and-answer session and performances from MCHS musicians. For more information, call the high school at 824-7036.

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