CLYMER -- On Nov. 9, Calvary Baptist Academy hosted its second Veterans Day program. Through this program the students wanted to honor the veterans that fought for America. The students recognize the hard work and dedication of these veterans as they sacrificed for their country.
As the veterans, families and friends arrived, they were greeted by the students, who directed them to the auditorium where the program was held.
Once the principal had finished greeting the veterans and attendees, the program officially began.
The CBA band started the program off with its rendition of two songs. The band performed "A Patriot Day" arranged by L.C. Harnsberger and "A Patriotic Festival" arranged by Mark Williams. Then there was a DVD presentation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Once the DVD was finished, Tyler Chambers, a junior, led the congregation in pledges to the American flag, to the Christian flag, and to the Bible.
Following the pledges, three seniors, Lauren Wolfe, Kristen Henck and Paige Heiple, presented a speech titled "I Am the American Flag" by the American Veterans Memorial.
The elementary choir graced the stage with their energetic and excited presence next. They sang "We Salute You Lady Liberty" and "Free as a Bird," both arranged by Shelly Hamilton. After the elementary choir was finished, the high school girls' ensemble sang "Fifty Nifty U.S." by Ray Charles.
When the girls were done and before the high school choir sang, Benjamin Bradshaw, a junior, performed an excerpt from "The Normandy Speech," given by President Ronald Reagan on the 40th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Once the excerpt was finished, the high school choir sang a sober song called "Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones," and a rendition of "God Bless America."
The elementary was next with one more song, "Thank You Soldiers." As the last performance of the day, the combined elementary and high school choirs sang "I'm Thankful to be an American." This performance was followed by a short message from Pastor Daryl Jeffers.
The program ended by thanking the veterans for coming and for patriotically serving their country so that we might have a free nation. The audience was then invited to a reception where the guests had refreshments and fellowshipped together. Many commented on the students' touching performance of this Veterans Day program. The program also helped the students to have a deeper appreciation of our veterans.