This year, COVID19 has interrupted many of the things that intrinsically bring people together.
One of those things canceled this year were the Veterans Day ceremonies in our local schools, a chance for the veterans to be brought in and honored for serving their country.
Marion Local schools normally brings in a guest speaker who has served, hearing their story and experiences. A local boy scout troop marches in community veterans before the national anthem is played; each service branch is recognized with members in attendance who served in those branches standing for recognition, before a reading of a poem and the playing of taps.
“It helped give everyone a personal (connection) because most of them would know the individual or a grandchild of one of the veterans,” said Marion Local Spanish teacher Julie Overman, who helped put together the alternative ways to honor local veterans this year with Marion Local guidance counselor Jenny Dippold.
“(Jenny and I) were talking about ways to honor veterans, how we could say, ‘thank you’ to the community members that put their lives on the line. It’s something a lot of us never experienced, going to war,” said Overman. “We thought it might make a bigger impact by having students writing thank you letters to them for their service to our country to provide us with the freedoms we have today.”
To read the rest of this story, including insight from local veterans and student council students, pick up the Dec. 8 edition of the Community Post