Students honor veterans at annual school program
By Anna Erickson
Park Rapids Century Middle School students honored veterans once again at an annual Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 8.
Retired teacher Charlie Cohrs organizes the annual program.
Century students assume the roles of military personnel to pay tribute to veterans before Veterans Day. This year, students honored each branch of the military in this year’s presentation – U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marines and U.S. Air Force.
The school rotates four programs that are changed each year. The three others include: honoring MIA/POWs, deceased veterans, living veterans and current solders; honoring soldiers in times of war and in times of peace; and honoring the flags of our fathers.
By having four different program themes, students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 will eventually be a part of all four programs.
Park Rapids American Legion Honor Guard members also help with the Century Middle School Veterans Day program each year.
The school’s cafetorium is filled with members of the public who want to honor veterans each year. The program also includes music, including an instrumental ensemble playing the “Star Spangled Banner” and folding the flag while “Taps” is played.
The entire room sings “God Bless the USA” to conclude the program.