Hilton students honor area veterans

By on November 26, 2018
Merton Williams seventh graders spoke about Veterans’ Day at the annual Hilton Veterans’ Day Ceremony. Shown are: (front, l-r) Emily Feisel, Avery Taddeo and Natalie Hoyt; (back) Austin DeLorme, Giana Mastin and Skylar French.

Merton Williams seventh graders spoke about Veterans’ Day at the annual Hilton Veterans’ Day Ceremony. Shown are: (front, l-r) Emily Feisel, Avery Taddeo and Natalie Hoyt; (back) Austin DeLorme, Giana Mastin and Skylar French.

Merton Williams Middle School students, and elementary students from Quest and Village Schools, along with local veterans, participated in a moving ceremony on November 9 to honor those who have served our country. Merton Williams Middle School Teacher Pam Tenny, who organizes the event every year, welcomed those in attendance.

Robert Rapone, who served two tours in Vietnam, thanked the school community for sharing the day and showing respect for veterans. “We took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic,” he said. “Once you’re a veteran, you’re always a veteran.” Rapone also brought along his service dog Casper, who he received through America’s VetDogs, to help him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Veteran Robert Rapone speaks at the Veterans’ Day Ceremony in Hilton every year, giving students a perspective on what it means to be a veteran.

Veteran Robert Rapone speaks at the Veterans’ Day Ceremony in Hilton every year, giving students a perspective on what it means to be a veteran.

Six students from Tenny’s social studies classes also spoke about what the day means and their family members who served. “It is these heroes, heroes like you, that allow us to live the American dream and that is why we celebrate Veterans’ Day,” said Natalie Hoyt.

Veteran Kyle Mullen, who served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, gave students a historical perspective on the local people who served in the military.

The ceremony concluded with a four-gun salute and the playing of taps. Afterwards, students gave the veterans handmade cards, shook their hands and thanked them for their service.

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