David Beck, American Legion 178 Post Commander, spoke at the Lincolnview Veterans Day Program about service dogs. Also pictured is Beck’s service dog, Leo. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
David Beck, American Legion 178 Post Commander, spoke at the Lincolnview Veterans Day Program about service dogs. Also pictured is Beck’s service dog, Leo. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

MIDDLE POINT – Lincolnview Local Schools held their annual Veterans Day Program Friday afternoon where 96 area veterans were honored.

The program is led by Stephanie Renner who wanted to honor veterans in a big way and puts on the program each year in honor of those in her family who served in the military.

“When I started the process of developing a Veterans Day program my goal was to instill ideals of patriotism, respect, understanding, gratitude, and pride in each of our Lancer students,” said Renner during the program. “I wanted a way to show students just how important our men and women in uniform are to our community and to our nation, and that the service that they have given to our country is not something that should be taken for granted.”

“The program does have special meaning for me as well because I come from military backgrounds,” continued Renner. “And for that, I am very proud. By reading the names of my grandfathers and loved ones each year, during the memorial portion of the program, it allows me to keep their memories alive.”

Renner said that by honoring those who are gone, she is showing that their memories can live on and be impactful.

Renner asked students in attendance to look at those around them and consider what they may have given up to ensure the students continue to have freedoms.

During the program, Lincolnview first and second graders sang “God Bless America” and the junior high band performed “Honor, Thank, and Remember.” Lancer student Una VanWynsberghe performed the taps after the memorial portion of the program.

Lincolnview student Sam Myers presented a reading on the symbolism of the poppy and Ken Myers, Commander of Navy Club #726, presented America’s White Table in honor of those who were POWs or MIA.

After the presentation, Ken Myers presented Lincolnview Local Schools, Renner, and Sam Myers with American Flags honoring them for the work they do to put the Veterans Day Program on each year.

David Beck, American Legion 178 Post Commander, gave a brief presentation on the importance of service dogs for veterans. Several veterans walked their service dogs around to students.

Also during the program, Superintendent Jeff Snyder read a Veterans Day Proclamation, and a video presentation was played featuring students at Lincolnview Local Schools thanking the veterans for their service.

Each veteran in attendance was honored with a certificate and a gift bag.

“All veterans should be celebrated for not only the sacrifices given in the name of freedom, but for answering the call to defend our country, for leaving loved ones behind, and for their courage and dedication to fight for liberty and justice,” said Renner. “Our veterans put the needs of others before themselves, and that, to me, is the ultimate definition of a hero.”