On behalf of The American Legion and other veterans in the Lake Stevens area, I would like to publicly thank Lake Stevens High School for the wonderful Veterans Day assembly that was held for us on November 8.
It was obvious that there was much planning and coordination for this event.
The veterans are very appreciative for the time that was given to us with the breakfast and the program.
Teacher Alisa Arcos and her leadership class did an outstanding job. From the decorations and set up, the greeters in the parking lot, the breakfast area and gym, to the MC-ing by Hayden Baker, ASB President Aiden Quiqley and the other students, to the clean up at the end, the students worked seamlessly together to make this a great experience for veterans.
The beautiful voices of the duet singing the National Anthem, the singing by the choir under the direction of Heidi Forslund, and the band under Neil Proff’s conducting were very moving.
Their music brought tears to many eyes.
We are proud of the accomplishments of the guest speaker, dual Legion/Auxiliary member Aletha Tatge, U.S. Navy (retired) and enjoyed her talk to the student body.
And the student body—I am overwhelmed by the respect and attentiveness demonstrated by the kids at the assembly.
It is heartwarming to know that our community has such fine young people. Kudos to Principal Eric Cahan and the entire staff for creating a great climate for kids to thrive in while pursuing their education.
The rice display for lives lost during each major conflict was very dramatic. Many servicemen and women died to make our country what it is.
Having a Veterans Day program in the schools becomes even more meaningful when we realize that we have lost several World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans from our community this past year.
We will never completely know the impact of your actions.
I heard one Vietnam veteran say that this was the first time in over 40 years that someone said “welcome home” and “thank you for your service” to him.
Again, thank-you for a great assembly and support for our veterans!
Tony Morea, Commander
L.S. American Legion Post 181