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Freedom Is Not Free

On November 10, 2014, May Public School had its annual program to honor Veterans that served in past and current wars and secured us our freedom. The program started off with a welcoming speech by superintendent Mike Williams, and the V.F.W State Color Guard went on to present the colors. As the flags were held for all to see, Adrienne Johnson led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the national anthem sung by the Maywood Choir. The flags were then placed; then choir and spectators continued on to sing God Bless America. Guest speaker, Major General Charles J. Barr, told some of his life stories of his time serving for his country and what life was like for some Veterans during the time of his deployment. Mrs Johnson resumed the stage to have every current or former veteran who served for the United States to come up share their experiences. As each man told his story, the audience came to life in affirmation of their sacrifice for our liberty. The program was wrapped up by Parker Johnston playing taps and the color guard retiring the colors.

“Veterans Day is a very special day in Americans’ lives. It is the day we say thank you to all veterans, (men and women, who are serving, have served in our armed services, and the ones that gave their lives), in our communities for giving us our freedoms that we use every day. On this day, November 11, reflect on the service, dedication, integrity, and commitment of these men and women. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.”-Adrienne Johnson

World War I, known at the time as “The Great War”, officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.  However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” At this time November 11 was known as Armistice Day but after fighting in Korea, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by getting rid of the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans.

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