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Skyview Holds Veterans Day Assembly

Cherie A. Thurlby

Cherie A. Thurlby

Maricela Deveney, Staff Writer

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The event opened with a thank you from Austin Lister. There were about ten veterans in the audience from different branches. He thanked the veterans for everything that they have done for our country and everything they sacrificed.

After Lister’s speech and choir performances, he introduced Master Sergeant Cole. Cole did not enter the military because he wanted to serve but because he needed a sense of direction. Later on, he developed a passion for serving his country. He explained when someone wears a uniform, he or she is representing all veterans, including the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Cole also discussed how difficult it is switching roles; that is, how he was expected to be a soldier, then be a dad.

“It was challenging,” he said while describing the difference.

The assembly was not lacking musical talent, to put it mildly. The entire choir sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic and the men’s choir sang the Star Spangled Banner. The choir was accompanied by a few members of the orchestra, which made it an even better performance.  A veteran played the bagpipes, and Pedro Galvan played taps. It is one thing to hear bagpipes and taps on T.V., but hearing them in person, especially in that setting, moved the audience. Last but certainly not least, Adam Rosales sang a moving rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine.

Colonel Lipple was able to lighten up the mood. Thinking beyond his humor, one may realize that much of what he was saying could be very inspiring. He encouraged the audience to use the freedoms that he and other veterans fought so hard for. Like Sergeant Cole, he did not enter the service just to serve the country. He came from a low-income home with a single mother and five siblings. Therefore, he knew he was going to have a hard time paying for his education. After two years of the army, he realized that he found a new passion.

“Service is called by many, and answered by few,” said Lipple.

Jaclyn Morales, a freshman was moved by the assembly.

“I thought that it was a good memorial and any veteran would feel appreciated,” Morales said.

“I thought the guest speakers were interesting and I liked the cover of ‘Imagine'” Sein said.

From this assembly, I lost a few tears, but I gained a new level of appreciation for the men and women who serve our country. I look forward to seeing what the Hawk leadership does next year.

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