Adams salutes veterans at an assembly

With classic poetry and original essays, with song and salute and with pride and patriotism, Adams Elementary School, Coon Rapids, students and staff honored U.S. military personnel with a Veterans Day assembly in the gymnasium Monday morning.

More than three dozen veterans attended the event and one – U.S. Army Spec. Brad Nelson – was present electronically.

The stepfather of Adams students Jackson, Alexis and Olivia Smoluch, Nelson sent a PowerPoint presentation from his base with the 203rd Inland Cargo Transportation Team in Afghanistan, where he has been stationed for the past four months.

After introducing each of the military men and women in attendance and stating their relationship to Adams students, Principal Jeremy Tammi invited three Adams students to step up to the microphone and read essays they had written to commemorate the day.

First-grader Lachlan Demmer and fifth-graders Alana Petrucci and Noah Stein read their essays, expressing patriotism and gratitude to the men and women who have fought to preserve freedom for Americans.

Following an address by U.S. Army National Guard instructor and course manager Robert Cahow, students went back to class and veterans were invited to enjoy refreshments in the teachers lounge.

Standing before Adams Elementary School classmates’ original patriotic artwork, Noah Stein reads his Veterans Day essay to assembled students, staff and U.S. military veterans. Principal Jeremy Tammi introduces Jackson, Alexis and Olivia Smoluch before showing a PowerPoint presentation sent by the students’ stepfather, U.S. Army Spec. Brad Nelson, serving with the 203rd Inland Cargo Transportation Team in Afghanistan. U.S. Army National Guard instructor and course manager Robert Cahow talks to Adams Elementary School students during the Veterans Day assembly, telling them that – just like serving in the military – it takes commitment, dedication and perseverance to accomplish the school theme, “Growing in knowledge and going to college.”
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U.S. Army National Guard instructor and course manager Robert Cahow talks to Adams Elementary School students during the Veterans Day assembly, telling them that – just like serving in the military – it takes commitment, dedication and perseverance to accomplish the school theme, “Growing in knowledge and going to college.”

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