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NBHS Students Honor Veterans during afternoon Ceremony

by Sue Miklovic

On Veterans Day, last Wednesday, several North Baltimore area Veterans spent the afternoon at North Baltimore High School, where the National Honor Society students led a ceremony in their honor.

Veterans relaxed before the program began
Veterans relaxed before the program began

Under the direction of teacher Mallory Huffman, the students gave brief remarks, explaining the different military conflicts our veterans may have participated in during their years of service.

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Hank Matthes spoke first
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Emily Gerdeman shared her thoughts
Sarina Villegas talked about MIAs and POWs and introduced "TAPS"
Sarina Villegas talked about MIAs and POWs and introduced “TAPS”

Following a somber moment that included remembering those who were MIA, POW’s, or killed in action, student Kiah Powell played “Taps” while those in attendance respectfully stood.

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Kiah Powell plays “Taps” on her trumpet during the ceremony
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Dr. Falkenstein had a great story to share

Dr. Bob Falkenstein told a story of patriotism that was part of his life as a college student, that involved a gift of a flag, which he received from his veteran father. His dad and mother were present for the event Wednesday. Dr. Bob made sure the students were aware of the sacrifice the whole family makes when their loved one is serving their country  in the military.

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Dr. Falkenstein’s parents

Next the students held a brief question and answer session, with the veterans present willingly answering their questions.

The students asked the questions………

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Students asked questions to the veterans
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Students asked questions to the veterans
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Students asked questions to the veterans

The Veterans responded……..

The Veterans responded
The Veterans responded
The Veterans responded
The Veterans responded
The Veterans responded
The Veterans responded
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The Veterans responded
The Veterans responded
The Veterans responded
The Veterans responded (Mayor Mike Julien)
The Veterans responded (Mayor Mike Julien)

The event concluded with all the students,  several of the teachers, administrators, and a few staff members forming a line to offer personal words of thanks and appreciation for all the sacrifices made by the guests and their families.

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Students showing thanks and appreciation. Many kind words were spoken. Some students wrote letters. All were very respectful.
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Students showing thanks and appreciation.
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Students showing thanks and appreciation.
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Students showing thanks and appreciation.
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Students showing thanks and appreciation.
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The teachers showed their gratitude as well.

The event was open to the community.

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North Baltimore area Veterans

 

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