Mays Community Academy honored military veterans during its annual Veterans Day program on Monday morning.

Darrin McGowan, who is an Army Reserves veteran and instructor at Mays Community Academy, was a guest speaker at the event.

“Those who have answered the call of this great country did so on behalf of all of us here today,” McGowan said. “Those who chose to raise their hand and took the oath to quote ‘support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic’ and again we did all of this for you all here today. Now technically it’s said that your oath expires, on the end of your enlistment or your commission, but for me my oath never expires. I’m sure there are some of you here today that would whole heartedly agree.”

The Mays Community Academy band performed the “Eagle Summit March” for guests. Students in Pre-K through 2nd grade also performed “You’re A Grand Old Flag”.

The school hosted a Veterans Day Writing Contest for students. Contest winners from 4th grade through 8th grade were selected to read their work honoring veterans.

The school recognized veteran guests by asking them to introduce themselves to the crowd. The event concluded with a PowerPoint presentation, which paid tribute to military veterans.

“Thanking veterans for their service can go a long way. To be honest, there really is no way to truly thank our veterans for the sacrifice for our freedom, but on Veterans Day we have to try,” McGowan said. “So thank you to all of our service men and women both past, present and for you all future. Remember veterans have given us freedom, security and the greatest nation on this earth. It isn’t possible to put a price on that.”

Veterans Day will be observed nationwide on Monday, Nov. 11.

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