Veterans honored at ceremony

Mike Shults, l-r, Steve Hatfield and Ken Kestner shoot volleys into the air at the conclusion of the Veterans Day ceremony in Lakeview on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Every year on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 a.m., veterans, their families and the public get together during Lake County's annual Veterans Day ceremony to remember those who served, those who did not come home and those who are currently serving their country. This year’s event featured students from the Fremont/A.D. Hay 5th grade class reading a poem and singing the national anthem.

The remembrance ceremony began in 1938 as a way to remember those who fought in the Great War — World War I — and was made official on the date when the guns finally fell silent in World War I. While many local communities held their own observances, the creation of Veterans Day in 1938 as an annual tradition helped to make it a national event.

Lakeview VFW Post #4070 Commander Dave Swart led the proceedings; he has been involved with the event since 2007 when he moved to the Lakeview area. Ken Kestner led the honor guard as they stood in front of the war memorial at the Lake County Courthouse in Lakeview.

Susane Davis, music teacher at Fremont/A.D. Hay elementary school, led student volunteers from her music class in a poem honoring veterans and the ones who did not make it home. She then led the students in the singing of the national anthem.

Swart spoke about the courage that men and women in uniform have to have when they sign up for service — the dedication that it takes and the sacrifices they make to serve the country. Swart then ordered the honor guard to fire off a salute to honor those who died in the line of duty. Kestner, Mike Shults and Steve Hatfield fired off their salutes into the Lakeview sky.

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