Linton-Stockton High School students celebrate Veterans Day
With the bleachers of the Linton-Stockton High School Gym filled to capacity, students were given the opportunity to learn more about Veterans Day.
The program was guided by Student Council President Emma Brewer, who began the ceremony with the lighting of the candle ceremony.
The American Legion Post 22 assisted in the ceremony, which was designed to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action from all wars.
Following the ceremony, the "National Anthem" was performed by both the L-S Junior High and High School Choir.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was retired Commander John Preble of the United States Navy. Preble also serves as a member of the L-S School Board.
After graduating from Linton-Stockton High School in 1972, Preble attended the University of Evansville for two quarters before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1973 as an E-1 and separated in 1977 as an E-5 Gunners' Mate.
"I returned to Linton in 1977 after the Navy and started working at Crane that same year. I bought a home in Linton and have been here since," Preble said from an earlier interview.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Preble received a Direct Commission in 1986 as an Ensign in the Navy Reserve. He retired in 2013 as a full Commander with 27 years commission service for a total of 31 years uniformed service.
Preble held three Commanding Officer positions in the Navy and supported several commands during that time. In addition, Preble said he directly supported tsunami relief efforts for both Indonesia and Japan from commands in Pearl Harbor.
During his speech, Preble cited the importance of honoring and appreciating the men and women who served in the military.
"There were over 900,000 veterans who have served in Afghanistan since 2001. There have been over 1.4 million veterans who have served in Iraq since 2003. There is no doubt many of these veterans live in our community.
"We may not fully appreciate it, but freedom is precious," Preble said.
Preble encouraged the audience to seek out veterans and listen to the story of their service.
"Thank them for their service to this country and for you. I think it important for this school to have this program instead of taking the day off. Too many times we hear about Veterans Day sales or opportunities, but it is important we take this time to understand what these veterans did from World War II to the recent veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq," Preble said.
Following the conclusion of Preble's speech, Brewer lead the audience in the flag ceremony, which outlined the significance of each of the 13 folds.
The L-S High School band then performed "Marches of Armed Forces."
With the closing of the service, students listened to a performance of "Taps" and the 21 Gun Salute provided by American Legion Post 22.