Veterans were honored at an assembly hosted by Delta Middle School on Nov. 11. Honored military included Randy Charlesworth, U.S. Air Force; Jerry Harding, a combined 26 years with the Marines and Army; Mike Stahly, a 20-year Army veteran; Louis Webb, U.S. Air Force; Noah McCulley, U.S. Air Force; Patrick Wear, U.S. Army; and David Rowland, 22 years, U.S. Air Force.
Guest speaker Tom Jones, a lieutenant with the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, was the guest speaker. Three members of his squadron -- Senior Airman Jonathon Lyons of Palisade, Cadet Airman Jayd Gardner of Clifton and Master Sgt. Jack Jones of Delta (a DMS student) comprised the color guard.
Lt. Jones talked about three military organizations that are rarely recognized -- WASPS (Women Air Force Service Pilots), Merchant Marines and the Civil Air Patrol.
Two DMS students read their entries in the VFW Patriot's Pen essay contest. The winners will be announced in December. James Goff and Jezzie Couch addressed the theme, "What Freedom Means to Me."
Goff's essay embraced the right to bear arms; Couch said thinking freely is a vital part of what she considers freedom. The freedom to own a firearm and the ability to practice her religion are also two of the greatest freedoms one can have.
The assembly was also attended by the BELA preschoolers; their classrooms are adjacent to the gym where the event took place.