Harrisonville Middle School honored veterans with a special assembly which was attended by the entire student body Nov. 12.
All local veterans were invited to the event which included introductory remarks by HMS teacher Jake Hunter; performances by the school’s audition choir, the Wildcat Chorale; the National Anthem performed by the HMS eighth grade band and a reading by student Cody Jones.
The keynote address was given by Andy Cecil, a specialist in the US Army and a Harrisonville High School graduate.
HMS principal Chris Grantham, a veteran himself, shared his thoughts on patriotism.
During the assembly, veterans were thanked for their service and each stood during the choir’s performance of a military song medley. The Wildcat Chorale also performed the song, “In Flanders Field,” while a PowerPoint was played which included pictures submitted by students and staff of their relatives who have or are serving.
The color guard at the event was students in Boy Scout Troop 3.
The event closed with the playing of “Taps” by HMS band students Oscar Tompkins and Ashlynne Martin.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception in the school’s cafeteria with refreshments provided by the school’s Family and Consumer Science students.