CVMS students honor veterans

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell Conwell Haddon III of the United States Army served as the guest speaker at the Canfield Village School’s annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 10. He was joined by his wife, Colleen, and daughter, Briana, a CVMS eighth-grade student.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Canfield Village Middle School eighth-grade student spoke at the school’s annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 10.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Under the direction of social studies teachers Mike Kerensky (back right) and Jason Jugenheimer (back left) eighth-grade student volunteers prepared and executed the Canfield Village Middle School’s Veterans Day Program, which featured Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell Conwell Haddon III of the United States Army (front right) as the guest speaker on Nov. 10.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.As the Canfield Cambiata performed “Salute to Armed Forces” at the Canfield Village Middle School’s annual Veterans Day Program, veterans in attendance stood and were recognized when the song from their branch of the military was presented on Nov. 10.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield Village Middle School eighth-grade students honored veterans during the school’s annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 10.

The volunteer students invited local veterans to attend and were responsible for every aspect of the program, from presenting the colors and welcoming their guests and from writing speeches and speaking to creating the PowerPoint presentation for the program.

The students also invited their guest speaker, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Russell Conwell Haddon III of the United States Army.

The students, under the direction of social studies teachers Mike Kerensky and Jason Jugenheimer, worked several hours after school to organize the program, which carried the theme Sports and Military Heroes.

The students began the program with a welcome to their guests and then the posting of the colors which attendees were asked to stand for and remain standing for the “Pledge of Allegiance.” The “National Anthem” was then performed by the Canfield Village Middle School Canfield Cambiata, under the direction of CVMS music teacher Tom Scurich.

An eighth-grade student then gave a speech detailing the history of Veterans Day.

Next, the Canfield Cambiata performed “Salute to Armed Forces,” during which veterans in attendance were asked to stand and be recognized when the song from their branch of the military was presented. Each veteran received resounding applause.

In introducing Sports and Military Heroes theme, a student explained that the attributes that are present in sports, such as teamwork and toughness, were also prevalent in the military. In the students’ speeches which followed, the students explained how they believed the attributes connected sports and military service and how they believed each attributed to success in both sports and the military.

Each student highlighted an attribute which he or she saw in both sports and the military, including teamwork, toughness, communication, precision, determination and endurance. Teamwork was highlighted in baseball; toughness was highlighted in football; communication was highlighted in basketball; precision was highlighted in hockey; determination was highlighted in competitive swimming and endurance was highlighted in soccer.

The final student explained the connection between sports heroes and military heroes.

Chief Warrant Officer Haddon was then introduced by his daughter, Briana, a CVMS eighth-grader. Chief Warrant Officer Haddon began his speech by saluting the men and women veterans in attendance.

“First, I would like to salute the men and women veterans here today. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you today. It is a privilege for me to honor a very special group called veterans. I couldn’t think of a better place to be today. I would like to explain what it means to me to be a veteran. You can’t tell someone is a veteran just by looking at them. They look like a regular person. They can be a man or a woman and could be tall or short. I believe everyone chosen to wear a uniform is doing something extraordinary. They defend those who cannot defend themselves at all costs,” Chief Warrant Officer Haddon said.

To close his address, Chief Warrant Officer Haddon issued a challenge to the students.

“Veterans do not consider themselves a special class of people, but they do appreciate your thanks. I challenge you to thank a veteran today. Thank you on behalf of all veterans,” Chief Warrant Officer Haddon said.

Two students then took the podium to read a poem titled “In Your Honor.” A student explained the history and importance of “Taps” while four students took the stage and then played “Taps” to close the program.

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