Spring Hill honored veterans from all wars with their annual Veteran’s Day celebration on Nov. 5.
The program is sponsored by American Legion Cole Smith Post 350, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 350, and the Spring Hill Historical Society. In addition to these organizations, volunteers from the Spring Hill schools participated.
The celebration began with a medley of patriotic songs performed by the Spring Hill High School orchestra, led by Sarah Dorian. After the local Boy Scout troop presented the colors and led the audience in the “Pledge of Allegiance,” the Spring Hill High School Madrigals sang the “National Anthem.”
Legion members Don Stephens and Ed Hodge recognized the MIAs/POWs with a ceremony involving a narrative description of their ongoing absence from their friends’ and family’s’ lives.
Once the celebration was underway, guest speaker Major Melissa Eslinger from Fort Leavenworth addressed the crowd of 250 citizens. She encouraged the audience to not forget the veterans and current members of the armed forces. In closing, she reminded everyone to become involved in not only community events such as these, but also to reach out to currently deployed troops stationed overseas through letters and care packages.
As she concluded her speech, Ed Hodge and Don Stephens joined her in presenting the winner of the flag pole raffle, Arvela Hodge. Following the drawing, “Taps” was played by two high school band members. In addition, the Madrigals, conducted by Georann Whitman, wrapped up the program with two more patriotic pieces, including “God Bless America.”
After the celebration was finished, the crowd was invited to a lunch served by the American Legion Auxiliary members and a group of Spring Hill Middle School students.