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Vets honored with local tributes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Staff Photo/ Courtney Luke Veterans joined together in the Pledge of Allegiance during Friday's Veterans Day Assembly at Malden High School. [Order this photo]
Beginning on the Thursday before Veterans Day, people around Malden began honoring veterans with public ceremonies.

Walmart asked the JROTC Color Guard to attend a small reception held in their store. The students lead the gathered group in the pledge of allegiance. Store manager Gary Eaton read from a White House proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War.

Malden's JROTC presented the colors for the Pledge and organized the annual Veterans Day Assembly at the school.
"Beginning on Memorial Day 2012, the Federal Government will partner with local governments, private organizations, and communities across America to participate in the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War -- a 13-year program to honor and give thanks to a generation of proud Americans who saw our country through one of the most challenging missions we have ever faced," read a portion of the proclamation.

The store set up an American flag sign and provided papers for customers and employees to convey their appreciation to the veterans and post on that sign. It was then presented to Malden's American Legion for display.

Friday morning, students and faculty, as well as visitors had the opportunity to witness the Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Malden High School Gymnasium and hosted by the schools' JROTC program.

Walmart manager Gary Eaton and American Legion representative David Shaw stood in front of the American Flag gratitude sign the Malden Walmart presented to Malden's American Legion.
Several veterans and their spouses were in attendance.

Cadets of the Malden High School JROTC, had previously invited all veterans to attend the assembly held in the Malden High School Gymnasium.

The colors were posted by the JROTC Color Guard to formally begin the ceremony and under the direction of Brenda Pinkley, the Malden High School choir sang the National Anthem.

The Malden High School Choir are pictured singing at Malden Nursing and Rehab on Friday afternoon. The group performed at Veterans Day ceremonies at both the school and the nursing facility.
During the Five Service Song, veterans from each branch stood as the anthem for their branch of service was played.

The history of Veterans Day was read.

High School History teacher, Paul Arnold, honored POWs and MIAs with a reading. A special table honoring POWs was set in the corner of the gymnasium floor.

Two patriotic videos were presented.

The second video was produced by cadets of the JROTC. Many who saw the videos commented on the emotional feelings the videos created in its viewers.

Cadets were also honored with promotions and attending Veterans were involved in their pinning.

A reception was held following the ceremony.

During the afternoon, the High School Choir and JROTC traveled to Malden Nursing and Rehab where they once again presented portions of the ceremony for the Veterans who are residents of that facility.

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