Century Middle School honors U.S. veterans
By Anna Erickson
Park Rapids Century Middle School students honored veterans once again at an annual Veterans Day program Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Retired teacher Charli 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 current soldiers, deceased veterans and soldiers, living veterans and POW/MIAs.
Each person who attended was given a miniature plastic figurine in the shape of a soldier. They were told to keep the soldier in their pocket and think about the freedom it represents each day.
The school rotates four programs that are changed each year. The three others include: honoring each branch of the service; 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.