PACT honors alumni at Veterans Day ceremony

At a Veterans Day ceremony Monday morning, PACT Charter School saluted veterans everywhere while paying homage to alumni and staff who have served or have someone in their family that served in the military.

Deb Lorsung talked about her son Joseph Larson who is in the U.S. Army taking apart and destroying bombs. Although this was very nerve-wracking for her to hear her son tell her what he wanted to do after graduating from PACT Charter School in Ramsey, she was proud when she heard why he wanted to do this.

The Coon Rapids VFW Post 9625 color guard presented and retired the colors during a Veterans Day program Monday morning, Nov. 11, at PACT Charter School in Ramsey. Photo by Eric Hagen

The Coon Rapids VFW Post 9625 color guard presented and retired the colors during a Veterans Day program Monday morning, Nov. 11, at PACT Charter School in Ramsey. Photo by Eric Hagen

“He said, ‘Mom, if I can save just one life, it’d be worth it,’” Deb said.

Students James Benvie, Hannah Breitzmann, Rebecca Matlon and Mikayla Newby wrote poems that were read to the whole student body during an hour-long ceremony.

PACT Charter School 2006 graduate Ryan Strickland talked about his service in the U.S. Army, stationed in Tokyo, Japan, from the time he graduated through 2010.

The band and choir performed patriotic classics, while pictures of alumni who have or are still serving in the military flashed across a projection screen.

The ceremony began and ended with the Coon Rapids VFW Post 9625 presenting and retiring the colors, but Lorsung encouraged everyone to remember and help veterans and their families every day and not just on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

It meant a lot to the family when the community helped her son’s wife and newborn during his deployment, Lorsung said.

“Thank you to all the soldiers who every day have to choose to show sacrifice, courage and valor. Because of you, the United States of America is a safer place for millions,” ninth-grade student Caitlyn Fries said.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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