By: Morgan Mansfield/Sophomore writer
Veteran’s Day is a day devoted to respecting and honoring those who once fought and those who are currently fighting for our country’s freedom. It is a day that allows all of us to say “thank you” to our Veterans for making sacrifices to serve our country.
Every year, Blue Ridge’s Leo Club hosts a breakfast for all of the Veterans in our community. A Veteran who attended the breakfast, Mr. David L. Hughes, served in the army for three years. He joined the army in 1949 because he could not find a job and said that most Veterans who fought during that time joined because they didn’t have a job.
When asked what serving our country means to him, Hughes summed it up in one word, “freedom.” He gave no explanation of his response, just a serious look on his face which was an explanation itself. Veterans have sacrificed a lot in order for citizens of the United States to have this freedom and Blue Ridge tries to pay them back every year by hosting the breakfast and assemblies. Hughes has been coming to Blue Ridge for Veteran’s Day ever since it had started; he was commander of the VFW when Blue Ridge first started hosting this event.
“I think they do a beautiful job here at the school,” said Hughes.
The breakfast is followed by two assemblies, one for the elementary students and one for the middle and high school students. The assemblies consist of an introduction of each Veteran and their branch of military, patriotic songs played and sung by the High School band and chorus, and an explanation of the importance of Veteran’s Day. Footage taken by Luke Updyke of the High School Veteran’s Day assembly is shown below.
Blue Ridge’s high school math teacher, Mr. Paul Sokoloski, is a United States Veteran; he gave a speech at this year’s assembly. “People often have three questions about Veteran’s Day: ‘What is Veteran’s Day?’, ‘What is a Veteran?’, and ‘How do you thank a Veteran?'” Sokoloski answers these three questions during his speech which is posted below.
There are more members of our school’s staff that has participated in the US military. The slideshow below shows our school’s employees who have a military past and our high school seniors who plan to enter the military after graduation.