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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Bigfork students honor veterans
   Bigfork High School

Bigfork High School students (Class of 2007) led by English teacher Mary Sullivan staged a Veterans Recognition Assembly on Friday, November 11, 2005 (Veterans Day). Students from the middle school and elementary school joined community members in the gymnasium, which was filled.

The program was introduced by Superintendent Russell Kinzer, and it included the posting of the colors by the Swan Valley Youth Academy and music by the Select Women’s Ensemble, directed by Michael Perez. Cameron Clayton and Britanny Brook played taps on their bugles. The powerpoints were created by Carly Hilley, Owen Roberts, and John White.

The program also featured Aftan Snyder as Master of Ceremonies and oral histories read by Cameron Clayton, Cassie Keller, Cassandra Galloway, John Butts, Stephani Shanahan, and Salena Jordan. (Oral histories of Eric Chester Isaacson, Eugene Lee, Rick Scott, Chaplain Donald Shea, Jason Varner, and Mary Amanda Hein Guffin). 

Korean War veteran Eugene Lee and his wife of 55 years approach the sign in table where students have a guest book. They were engaged a few days before he was drafted and married a few days before he left for war. Their son is on her left. Student greeters met veterans at the door and escorted them to their seats at the front of the auditorium.

Kara Levengood from KCFW television in Kalispel taped the program. Here she interviews Rick Scott, Vietnam War veteran. 

John Butts reads the Oral History of Chaplain Major General Donald Shea. The poppies students are wearing were passed out before the Assembly by members of the VFW.

Veterans from the Lake View Care Center were brought to the high school so they could enjoy the program.

Ashley Oppel recites the poem, “Gold Star Mother” by Jim Soular, following the presentation of roses to a Gold Star Mother.

Communities, like other forms of human relationship, take their character from the things people remember and the things they promise. In remembering and promising, people link the past and the future to the present. Ceremonies and rituals are important ways young people are brought into a culture’s sense of memory and aspiration.

Further thoughts.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 11/12 at 10:40 PM
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