STMA hosts Veterans Day ceremony
by AARON BROM
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Wright County Attorney Tom Kelly had some very choice and relevant words of thanks to U.S. service veterans during a St. Michael-Albertville High School Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11.
Kelly, the guest speaker, lauded all past and present service members for their dedication to the country and dedication to freedom.
“There can be no freedom unless someone is willing to die for freedom,” Kelly said. “Know and remember that the true price of freedom is because of those willing to serve.”
Kelly’s speech was received with a rousing ovation from a packed house at the STMA Performing Arts Center. Joining him were American Legion 567 veterans and current service members, all of whom were named one by one.
Principal Bob Driver was equally thankful “for dedication of service and sacrifice,” as he led the ceremony.
Minnesota Honor Funeral Guard members also presented a flag to Driver, following a flag folding ceremony that was met with respectful dead silence from the audience.
Closing off the event was recognition of student Legion Boys and Girls State members, and a performance by the high school chamber singer choir.
“Freedom is what makes the United States the greatest country in the world,” Kelly saiid. “Let us honor, give thanks and pay our respect.”