Oak Hills High School is once again inviting all military veterans to be honored for their service during a Veterans Day tribute at the school.
The annual commemoration will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the school gymnasium, 3200 Ebenezer Road.
Oak Hills High School will host its annual Veterans Day tribute on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Organizers of the event are welcoming all area military veterans to take part. The Oak Hills teachers planning the ceremony are, from left, Grant Anderson, Donnie Becker, Rogar Schneider and Shannon Murray. Kurt Backscheider/The Community Press
“We are overjoyed to have veterans from any era there, and we especially want to welcome all active duty servicemen and women,” said Oak Hills social studies teacher Shannon Murray.
Each year Murray organizes the tribute with Oak Hills English teacher Donnie Becker and music technology teacher Grant Anderson. German teacher Rogar Schneider has joined the planning committee this year, and retired social studies teacher Tim Taylor is helping as well.
“I don’t believe in empty holidays,” Murray said. “We get the day off for Veterans Day, and the ultimate point of this event is to remind the students, and adults alike, why we are taking the day off.”
This is the fourth year Oak Hills is honoring area veterans with an assembly. The ceremony runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and the school will provide a free City Barbeque lunch to the veterans from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Becker said in between the assembly and lunch, the veterans who attend are invited to share their experiences with students in a classroom setting if they would like.
“The students love talking to the veterans,” he said.
A retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, Becker said hopefully the program reminds students and staff freedom isn’t free.
“Veterans Day should be every day. I want the kids to walk up to veterans in the community on days when it’s not Veterans Day and shake their hand and say, ‘Thank you,’” he said.
“We can’t honor them enough for what they’ve done for this country.”
Schneider said he volunteered to help plan this year’s tribute because he has a personal connection to the military.
“I have a brother who is shipping off to the Marine Corps,” he said.
Anderson, whose students create a video slide show set to music for the event each year, said it gives his students an opportunity to work on a project bigger than themselves and Oak Hills.
“I think my students come to realize this event is about recognizing individuals who have sacrificed for them, and it changes the way they fundamentally view our veterans,” he said.
Murray said they want to fill the gymnasium floor with as many veterans and military personnel as they can.
“The main point is to make the veterans feel honored,” he said.
Becker added, “These men and women in uniform stood up for us, and this is a day for the Oak Hills community to stand up for them.”
Veterans and active servicemen and women who want to be a part of the program can call Schneider at 400-2897 or email him at Schneider_R@ohlsd.org.