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 CAB Students Recognize Local Veterans

November 14, 2007 - Students in the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation gave local veterans a hearty salute last week when they performed in and organized Veterans Day programs at the various schools. While each CAB school held Veterans Day recognition ceremonies, The Banner covered only two of them, one at Knightstown Elementary School on Thursday and another at Knightstown High School on Friday.

The Knightstown Elementary School (KES) event was held in honor of late KES Principal Dr. Tony Triarsi, who died of cancer in October. Himself a veteran, Triarsi is credited with initiating the school's Veterans Day programs, which were annual events during his tenure there. Principal Christine Brokamp, who replaced Triarsi after his retirement, organized Thursday's event as a way of commemorating the former principal's memory and preserving the school's Veterans Day tradition.

Elementary school students sand patriotic songs, saluted the flag and offered veterans a refreshment-filled open house after the program. An Army veteran of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Master Sergeant Jodie Newby explained her involvement and reflected on her service to the United States. "I'm proud to be an American," she said, concluding her brief lecture.

Knightstown American Legion Post 152 Commander Ron Rayl also spoke. He asked students if they knew what being a veteran means. Pupils, some decked out in handmade star-and-stripes hates, responded enthusiastically with a variety of colorful answers.

The KES program closed with a bugle rendition of "Taps" performed by Knightstown High School musician Chris McGraw.

On Friday, members of the Knightstown High School History Club presented their Veterans Day program in the KHS auditorium. The event featured a slide slow program which highlighted the armed forces service endeavors of about a dozen local veterans. As each veteran was recognized, a slide with their service photo, along with their specific branch of service and theater of operations, was displayed. At the conclusion of the slide show, KHS students gave veterans a standing ovation.

The high school program concluded with a short film warning of the perils of prejudice. "Auschwitz: If you cried, you died" detailed the horrors of bigotry through the eyes of two World War II Jewish Holocaust survivors. The KHS student body watched sliently as the film showed actual footage of both Holocaust victims and survivors.

Following the program, veterans enjoyed donuts and other refreshments in the KHS cafeteria.

Other Veterans Day programs took place at Kennard Elementary School, Carthage Elementary School and Knightstown Intermediate School.


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