By Korben Dunlap and Nico Randle
On Nov. 9, hundreds of Blazers came to honor and join in remembrance for veterans who served to protect their country’s security for the assembly. The crowd included veterans such as Mike Stauffer and Steven Thomas.
The assembly gathered in the gymnasium for Veterans Day was in commemoration of veterans both alive and dead, with student speakers such as senior Cedric Maser, senior Niya Parks, junior Jada Daniels, and junior Jasmine Machawate, as well as performances by the Timberline Symphonic Choir and Wind Ensemble.
What does Veterans Day mean to those who it honors? For former Navy Lieutenant Stauffer, he said it is a time to “honor people who took time out of their lives or made it their life to serve their country. ‘ while to former Air Force Master Sergeant Thomas, “It’s just a time to pause, slow down, and reflect on what and or whom, some people we’ll never know their names, have made it possible for us to have those busy loves or for us to enjoy the freedoms that we have.”
Veteran’s Day can be challenging without family members in the service, because they are often unsure how to show their appreciation. “People don’t even have to go out of the way to say thank you, but just kind of appreciate that we have this day to say thanks to people who served.” said Stauffer. “Honor people who took time out of their lives or made it their life to serve their country for whatever reason.”