School assembly honors area veterans

St. Marys Area High School hosted their annual Veterans Day Assembly program on Thursday afternoon, during which several local veterans were acknowledged for their military service to our country.The program began with student Scott Barber, who acted as emcee for the event, welcoming all in attendance. The SMAHS Concert Band, under the direction of Chris Gankosky, performed a piece entitled "Regimental Honor." Next, SMAHS Principal Josh Williams offered a brief introduction about the program."I encourage all of you students to reach out to a veteran tomorrow," Williams said."Tomorrow, November 11, 2011, Veterans Day will be recognized throughout our nation. Veterans, in their continual service, are acknowledged whether our country is in peace or in war. During the 11th hour of Veteran's Day, we take a moment to remember all the servicemen and women who follow their duty and serve our country with honor," Barber said.Following the Pledge of Allegiance and the playing and singing of the national anthem led by the SMAHS Choir, members of the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail marched into the auditorium as they presented the flag. Student speaker Nick Rhoades explained that every Veterans Day, the president of the United States issues a proclamation honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.All veterans in attendance were then asked to stand and introduce themselves. Among them were U.S. Army soldiers, U.S. Navy sailors, U.S. Air Force airmen and U.S. Marines, representing wars in Korea and Vietnam. "On behalf of our school community, we sincerely thank you for your years of service to this country," Rhoades said.Also in attendance were those representing county offices such as Elk County Commissioners, Veterans Affairs, Prothonotary, Treasurer and Recorder of Deeds.