By: Isabelle Morris/Content Editor
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Veterans Day? Does it remind you of a family member or friend who serves in the military, or does it just make you think of the day off from work/school? We spend so much time affiliating Veterans Day with our own benefit, rather than what it was established to appreciate. Annually, the nation recognizes those who have served in the armed forces, and the Blue Ridge School District welcomes veterans from the community for a breakfast, presented by the student body. Made up of mostly Leo Club members, the students begin preparing the breakfast upon first bell.
According to Leo Club adviser, Mrs. Kristen Latting, this is their ninth consecutive year hosting and paying tribute to our veterans. This year in particular, Blue Ridge hosted 47 veterans.
This is a highly anticipated event for students, as they get out of class for a good cause. Students get to learn about the history of Veterans Day and the enormity of what the men and women standing before them have overcome, and the students in both middle school and high school Leo Club prepare a breakfast for these veterans.
Once the breakfast has concluded, the veterans are ushered into the auditorium for recognition, speeches, and a performance from the band and chorus. For the high school assembly, the music department played The National Anthem and a melody of the respective songs for each division of our service, titled Armed Forces Salute. Soloist, Madison Swisher, played Taps on her trumpet. Once again, Blue Ridge pulled off an amazing Veterans Day breakfast and everyone is very much looking forward to next year!
On behalf of the students of Blue Ridge School District, thank you to our veterans for their bravery and devotion!