November 7, 2016
Hilton students and area veterans join together to observe
Students from Merton Williams Middle School, Village
Elementary School and Quest Elementary School, local
veterans and officials participated in a moving
ceremony on Nov. 4 at
the Hilton Community Center gazebo to honor
those who have served our country. The ceremony
is organized annually by Teacher Pam Tenny whose
father is a decorated Korean War veteran.
"I was standing here one day and it came to me why I
served," said Robert Rapone, who served with the
Airborne Brigade 173 during the Vietnam War. "When I
looked out and saw you kids, that is why I served,
why we serve. It is for the future of the United
States. And what is the future? You."
John Barclay, a member of the Hilton Parma
Memorial Honor Guard, presided over the ceremony,
and eighth graders Ryan Holler, James Peterson and
Ty Albahari spoke about what Veterans Day means to
"I remember coming to this
ceremony in second grade and having that opportunity
changed my view of Veterans Day and I hope it will
change yours too," said James.
"I feel like veterans have really experienced loss
and time away from their families, and the fact that
we can have a holiday for them is amazing," said Ty.
The American Legion Post 788 Honor Guard was on hand
to post and retire the colors. They and the other veterans
in the audience shook hands with each of the students at the
end of the ceremony. Many students also gave the
veterans handmade thank-you cards.
"Thank you, veterans," said Ryan. "Thank you for
your bravery, courage and kindness to all of us."