Washington Middle School (WMS) held its annual Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 11, for students, teachers, veterans and parents.

During the event, poems were read by Student Council members and the eighth-grade band and 8th Notes choir performed a few patriotic pieces to honor the veterans.

In addition, every veteran was given special recognition when they were introduced individually by Ron Millheiser, principal.

The deceased veterans also were recognized too with a moment of silence.

"It (the program) was very well put together. The choir, speeches and band were great," said Lucas Hackleman, an eighth-grader at WMS.

The event was mainly put on by the Student Council and National Junior Honor Society.

The two groups of volunteers decorated the school and helped with a breakfast for the veterans put on by The Homestead at Hickory View.

The program proved to be a meaningful ceremony for the veterans.

"It was very, very nice," said veteran James Krafft. "The respect toward us veterans and the patriotism was inspirational.

"It is important for students to recognize the sacrifices (arms, legs and life) that many veterans have made under and for our flag," Krafft added.

Jamie Eiermann, an eighth-grader at WMS, agreed.

"I think that in war, there are no unwounded soldiers. Everyone comes back with a story, something that they won't forget," she said.

"Veterans Day, to me, means that we should show our thanks to those who have served."