Seventh grade student Braden Whitney salutes the colors.
Lake Stevens Middle School continued its tradition of honoring veterans at its annual Veterans Day assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 10. More than two dozen veterans from the Lake Stevens community joined the staff and student body in honoring the service of men and women who have served in the armed forces.
The recognition began with a reception welcoming veterans and their families. People who served from the 1960’s, up through a veteran who completed his service last year, all met and mingled in the library before the assembly. Their LSMS siblings, children, and grandchildren were able to join them. Superintendent David Burgess was also on hand to welcome and thank the veterans.
Students from the Pirate Power Team held large American flags along the walkway into the gymnasium as audience members entered.
Inside, the seventh grade band played a patriotic medley and set a tone of seriousness for the students.
ASB advisor Kathy Hermes welcomed the audience, and then the Power Team students as well as teacher Sarah Walker spoke about honoring our veterans. Especially moving was the precise presentation of the colors by LSMS Boy Scouts Chase Reid, Braden Whitney, and Austin Williamson. These scouts led the entire audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Through two poignant videos about service families and thanking veterans, students were reminded of the sacrifices of our military. The band played, joined by some of its members singing, “America” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” Staff veterans Marshall Wiygul, Steve Matthews, and Keith Welton were also recognized.
LSMS is proud to honor those who serve.