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Students pay tribute to Renovo area veterans

PHOTOS BY KEVIN RAUCH John Curcio salutes the American Flag as the Bucktail cheerleaders unfurl it for the playing of the National Anthem and the playing of TAPS.

RENOVO — It was an often emotional Veterans Day program yesterday morning at Bucktail Area High School as the school and community joined hands in honoring all veterans in their program “Heroes Among Us.”

In an event that manages to get bigger and better every year, the seats on the gym floor were filled with veterans and their families and the bleachers were packed with students from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Patriotic songs, slide shows and speeches not only honored those who served but were often educational when it comes to remembering just what western Clinton County has to celebrate in its rich tradition of serving.

Keystone Central Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin said in her closing remarks that the program was quite possibly the best one that she had ever seen in 30 years of taking part in them as an educator and praised the Renovo community for their patriotism.

Included on the guest list were five World War II veterans — John Curcio, Calvin Funk, Donald Pagnotto, Charles Kane and Ernie Peterson.

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS Kevin Dwyer is escorted to his seat by two of his grandchildren, Liam, left, and Rory.

Two veterans were singled out for not only their military service but for helping to shape western Clinton County throughout their lives, as family members pinned ribbons on them for their dedication.

Kevin Dwyer was escorted back to his seat by two of his grandchildren Liam and Rory. In addition to his service Dwyer served as the District Magistrate for 29 years.

Likewise Bill Probert’s family presented the retired educator with ribbons. After his time in the service, Probert taught at Bucktail for 29 years.

The Bucktail football players showed off the Military Appreciation Jerseys they wore during the season and again at Monday’s program. The entire team stood on stage during the National Anthem and five players stood on stage as the song representing each branch of the military was played.

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS Miss Marcie’s Pre-K class helped to open up the program leading the audience reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS Five of the Bucktail football players stood on stage as the song representing each branch of the military was played.

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