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Big Turnout for Maywood's Veterans' Day Program

The Maywood community, Maywood Public School, and Medicine Valley High School gathered in MPS’s gymnasium Tuesday, November 10, 2015, for the annual Veterans’ Day program. The program opened with welcoming remarks by MPS Superintendent Trent Benjamin. This was followed with the V.F.W. State Color Guard presenting the colors (the national flag,and a POW flag) and the preschool class reciting The Pledge of Allegiance.

Lydia and Von Fritsche Followed The Pledge with The National Anthem. Lydia sang and Von accompanied her on the violin. The preschool class, led by Mrs. Burkholder and Mrs. Fauss, gave a memorable medley of “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy,” (Had he been present, Jimmy Cagney would have approved wholeheartedly). “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” and “God Bless America.”

The keynote speaker was Lt. General Rodger Lemke, U.S.A.F. General Lemke is a retired United States Air Force officer and was The Adjutant General (TAG) of the Nebraska National Guard. The Nebraska Adjutant General commands the state military forces and also directs the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). General Lemke did a nice job of taking the audience through the decades – far distant to the present - highlighting important anniversaries of wars involving the United States.

Maywood’s 7th and 8th grade choir performed “Thank a Vet” led by Tonya Welch.  After closing remarks by Mrs. Adrienne Johnson, solemnity filled the air as 8th grader Parker Johnston played “Taps” on the trumpet.

Following the program, The Lion’s Club hosted the veterans and their families to a coffee and cake reception in the Maywood School teachers’ lounge.

The staff and students of Maywood Public School would like to thank all the members of the United States Military, past and present, for their service to our country. The dedication and sacrifice by military personnel is greatly appreciated by our school and community.