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Elizabethtown Area School District Honors 23 Local Veterans

November 11, 2019- Elizabethtown Area School District saluted 23 local veterans during its twelfth annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov.11. The program afforded school officials and high school students an opportunity to salute local veterans for their service to the country. It was also an opportunity for students to learn about the contributions that veterans have made and learn about the meaning of the day.
Veterans Day group photo of the honorees.
Elizabethtown Area School District board president Terry Seiders and Elizabethtown Borough Mayor Chuck Mummert joined superintendent of schools Dr. Michele Balliet in thanking the veterans who had gathered for the program in the high school auditorium. All five branches of the military - Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy - were represented among the veterans who gathered for the ceremony.

“Our Veterans Day celebration not only allows us to say thank you, but also allows our students to appreciate the many individuals in their own community who served this great nation,” said Balliet. “To some of our students the honorees are their parents; to others their neighbor, friend, or teacher; and yet to others simply a new face. But make no mistake about it, we all owe a great deal of gratitude and thanks to each and every one of these honorees for their sacrifice for the betterment of our country and our world.”

High school seniors Abigail Dehmey, Alexander Hartman, Joseph Sikora, Andrew Telenko, and Winsto Williams also took part in the program along with the high school marching band. Sikora delivered the invocation followed by Dehmey presenting the history of TAPS. At the conclusion of Dehmey’s remarks, Williams played Taps. Telenko read a brief history of Veterans Day and Anderson read a tribute poem to the Veterans. The marching band performed the national anthem.

During her remarks, Balliet challenged the more than 150 high school students in attendance to never forget the sacrifices of our veterans both past and present.

“As superintendent of the Elizabethtown Area School District, I am honored to once again be a part of this event. At each of our Veterans Day programs, I am reminded that Americans live in freedom because of our veterans’ courage, dedication to duty, and love of country,” Balliet concluded.

The honorees were as follows:

United States Air Force -
Richard Adams, John Bolen, Donald Feiler, James Hanley, Dan Helm, William Moir, and W. Fred Orth

United States Army –
Clyde Barnhart, Ronald Flory, Mark Klepping, Suzanne Smith, Wayne Stoeffler, and William Vogelsong

United States Coast Guard –
Ann Edwards

United States Marine Corps –
Jacob Kadilak, Bob Kane, Robert Murphy, Jason Potts, and James Read

United States Navy –
Kenneth Burke, Daniel Serfass and Thomas Wood

United States Marines/Air Force/ Air National Guard –
Jess Durham