Annual program honors veterans

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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The De Smet High School Armory was decorated Nov. 11 for the Veteran’s Day program with patriotic artwork created by Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School students. The program is sponsored each year by the De Smet High School Student Council with active participation from American Legion Post 138 and students in grades K-12.


Student council members who participated in this year’s program include Adam Aughenbaugh, Matt Larson, Allison Larson and Hanna Gehm. Dr. Ben Jones, veteran and former De Smet resident, gave the address. Jones is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University in Madison.


Elementary students performed the vocal selection “You are Our Heroes.” The De Smet High School band played “The Star Spangled Banner” and  “Service Medley” which recognizes each of the branches of the armed forces. Veterans and service members in attendance were introduced.


 Freshman Codi Schmidt read her winning Americanism essay, “What Does Freedom Mean to Me?” American Legion Post 138 Commander Jim Pekron presented Schmidt with a medallion and certificate for her essay, Trinity Barnard and Gail Arnold, daughter and father-in-law of fallen serviceman Shane Barnard, spoke about the South Dakota Fallen Heroes Banners and read the names of the 35 service members from South Dakota who died in Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The banners were on display in the community room at the armory.


To close out the ceremony, Kathleen Frey, Grace Albrecht, Heidi Peterson and Andrew Holland played “Taps” and the colors were retired.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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