SVRCS hosts annual Veterans Day ceremony


At top left: The school’s guitar club played a very somber musical tribute titled “Soldier’s Memoir,” written by Mitch Rossell and Joe Bachman.  The song tells the tale about soldiers who experience PTSD after serving in combat situations. At top right: Emmanuel Boone was the Master of Ceremonies and welcomed the Veterans and guests. Immediately at left: Raymond Kemmerer of Loganton poses with 5th grade student Lilly Mundrick. Mr. Kemmerer is a veteran of the Army with the rank of Specialist 3 . Moments before this photo was taken, young Ms. Mundrick approached him and gave him thanks for his service. “That really made me get a lump in my throat,” said Mr. Kemmerer with a smile. Immediately at right: John McKinney, 84, of Lock Haven salutes the American Flag as the school’s ele-middle chorus performed the Star Spangled Banner. Mr. McKinney served in the Army during the Korean War. Below at left: Army Veteran Specialist 5, George Harter of Mill Hall, poses with his grandchildren Charlotte and Sam Rebuck. Charlotte, who is a Senior at the Charter School, read the poem “Facing It,” written by Yusef Komunyakaa in 1947.  Ms. Rebuck dedicated her presentation to her Grandfather, as well as her neighbor, the late Air Force Master Sergeant Martin Tressler, who attended all of the SVRCS Veteran’s Day ceremonies since the school began the event several years ago. Below at right: SVRCS 5th grade students Gavin Morris and Jonas Stitzer constructed a tribute to the American flag out of scrap paper and tape shortly before the assembly to show to the soldiers how thankful they are.

Below: Over 3 dozen Veterans showed up as the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School honored area Veterans last week in Loganton.