SALTSBURG -- This past week Saltsburg Elementary School held an assembly in the auditorium to recognize and honor veterans from the local community for their service to our country.
The program also served to educate and bring awareness to students about what a veteran is and why they are worthy of such respect.
About 10 veterans participated in the program, most of whom are members of the Saltsburg American Legion.
The veterans in attendance had served in several wars including World War II, Vietnam and Korea. United States Marine Corps Sgt. John Prunier, who currently serves as a recruiter for the Marines, delivered the speech at the assembly.
Prior to the veterans assembly students from grades six though 12 were assigned to write an essay titled "What A Veteran Means to Me."
The winners selected from each grade were: Ryan Hutchison, sixth grade; Lexi Humphrey, seventh grade; Tyler Sandor, eighth grade; Kassidy Richards, ninth grade; Leah Dick, 10th grade; Marissa Shaffer, 11th grade; and Zach Cravener, 12th grade.
Each read their essays at the assembly.
The Saltsburg Elementary band and chorus and the high school chorus performed songs to recognize the veterans such as "The Yankee Spirit March," "Children of the World" and "Let There Peace on Earth."
Through this program the students learned of the sacrifices these men and women made for the sake of our freedom, and for that they deserve respect and recognition.