Veterans Day recognized by area schools

Schools throughout Anoka County showed veterans their appreciation by hosting Veterans Day ceremonies either on Friday, Nov. 9 or Monday, Nov. 12.

Veterans Day was Sunday, Nov. 11.

Students at PACT Charter School in Ramsey read about the history of Veterans Day to the assembled school during a Nov. 9 ceremony after the Coon Rapids VFW Color Guard presented the colors. Guest speakers and U.S. Army veterans Staff Sgt. Reed and Staff Sgt. Etim spoke to the students, describing to them what it means to be a veteran.

At Rum River Elementary in Andover, 87 veterans who have connections with someone at the school individually introduced themselves and were applauded at the Nov. 9 ceremony. One veteran — Dick Thill of St. Paul — told the school that he was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

The Rum River Elementary Veterans Day event organizer — kindergarten teacher Renee Blue — made a point of thanking veterans who may not have served in a combat zone, but made a difference because of their service. She was a young girl living in Fridley when a tornado ripped through the town in 1965 and she recalled how safe she felt once she saw those people in town.

Students at some elementary schools such as Jefferson Elementary in Blaine invited local veterans to raise the U.S. flag in front of the student body.

At Adams Elementary in Coon Rapids Nov. 12, guest speaker Bob Cahow, a member of the National Guard, encouraged students to celebrate Veterans Day by thanking a veteran and ask them to tell their story.

“All of the American veterans have done so much for us … We owe a debt of gratitude to those soldiers who paid the ultimate cost so that we can have our freedoms,” PACT student Amanda Markus said to those gathered for the Veterans Day program.

“We need to say ‘Thank you’ every day,” Markus said.

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