Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

MHS salutes veterans

Veterans are asked to attend Minden High's JROTC presentation this Friday, so cadets and the Minden High student body can honor them.

"This will be the first year in three years we have had a Veterans Day Program," said Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert Peden, who is the JROTC Senior Instructor. "Despite setbacks in our practice time this week, we are looking forward to honoring our local veterans."

Peden said he hopes to make this an annual event.

"Our program continues to grow and through that growth, more leadership will become available and our presentations will be better," he said. "What we are really looking forward to is taking the time, not only as a program but also as a student body, to honor our veterans- because that is what Veteran's Day is really about."

According to military.com, Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

"We will be honoring veterans from all of the conflicts from World War I until now, each with their own wreath," Peden said. "We will also be honoring all the military branches by having the Minden High choir sing service songs."

Veterans are asked to arrive at the school at 9 a.m. for coffee and finger foods, provided by Minden High School groups, to enjoy the company of other veterans as they wait for the program to begin.

Students and those wishing to attend the program will be seated by 9:30, so veterans can enter the gym and be seated at 9:45.

"I have let the various veterans' groups know about the program and hope to see many of them there," Peden said. "But what we would love to see is our younger veterans, especially those from the Gulf War and the War on Terror to be present. That is difficult, because many of them are working on a Friday at nine. It's my hope employers will cooperate with our local veterans so we can honor them for their service to our country."






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