NPHS hosts annual Veterans’ Day program

Written by Dawson Eastes // Sports Writer

On Friday, Nov. 10th, New Palestine High School hosted its annual Veterans’ Day program to honor United States military veterans around the community who have bravely served their country.

One of NPHS’ most beloved teachers, Mike Swinford, is a United States Navy and Marine Corps veteran who served his country for eight years.

Swinford said, “Being in the military changes a person’s’ way of thinking. Some benefit from the experience and others never recover. We live in a land where we have basic freedoms and many can afford to enjoy them. While the program was going on, the people sitting on the floor were the lucky ones that did not pay the ultimate sacrifice. I was thinking about the few I knew who did. A student asked me why my eyes were red and it’s because I know the price many had to pay to maintain our way of living here in the United States.”

The program began with a playing of the United States national anthem performed by the NPHS band directed by Shawn Humphries

A video featuring NPHS students giving their thanks to veterans was then played.

The NPHS Crimson Heat, directed by Stephen Beebe, then performed the United States Armed Forces Medley.

Then, sophomore Audrey Poole represented Sandra Haney’s speech program by reciting her Voice of Democracy speech.

Poole was very honored to be able to speak in front of the entire school.

“I feel very honored that I was able to speak because it was a chance for me to personally thank the veterans for all they have done,” Poole said. “I hope the students were inspired to be an example of what it means to be an American.”

To conclude the program, American Legion Post 182 president Dave Espich gave a speech about his veteran experience and how the local American Legion is creating a veterans’ memorial in New Palestine.

Veterans’ Day is a great day to honor and thank those who bravely and proudly serve the United States of America.

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