Bald Eagle Area students honor veterans

Area veterans wait for the Veterans Day Program to begin at the BEA gymnasium.

WINGATE — The Bald Eagle Area School District honored area veterans on Friday, Nov. 10 in a districtwide celebration held at the Bald Eagle High School. The entire student body and staff from all five BEA schools were on hand for the celebration.

The Bald Eagle Symphonic Band played patriotic selections while the group was assembling. After introductions by high school Principal Jack Tobias, the event began with the Parade of Colors by members of the Clarence American Legion Cartwright-Martin Post 813 and Snow Shoe VFW Post 5644 Honor Guard.

A proclamation by President Donald J. Trump was read by Addison Proctor.

During his remarks, Superintendent Jeff Miles asked for members of each branch of the military to stand and be recognized. Miles stated, “Today, tomorrow and every day, please take time to recognize these heroes.”

Keynote speaker for the event was Chief Master Sgt. Robert J. Peters, Jr., of Port Matilda. Peters is currently a full-time Air Technician, serving as the 193rd Air Operations Group Superintendent. He also serves as a Combat Mission Ready Senior Air Defense Duty Technician in an Air and Space Operations Center.

BEA elementary students dressed in red, white, and blue for the celebration.

Peters is a BEA Class of 1980 graduate and a 32-year veteran of the Air Force.

During the event, the BEA choir sang selections, winners from an elementary speech-writing contest read their essays, and there was an elementary sing-a-long of patriotic songs.

After the program, veterans and a guest were honored with a free luncheon in the high school lobby.

PHOTOS PROVIDED Chief Master Sgt. Robert J. Peters, Jr. of Port Matilda was the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day celebration at BEA.