To show gratitude to all of the members of our active service and veteran military, Carl Junction School High School held a Veterans' Day Assembly on Monday, November 11.
About 150 veterans, active-duty military, and first-responders were honored at the assembly attended by over 1500 high school and junior high students, staff, and guests.
Major Robert Schepers gave the keynote address. Schepers served our nation in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard for the past 20 years. He is currently serving as an operations officer with the 1st Infantry Division Main Command post. He deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan and has been awarded the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Operation Enduring Freedom Service Medal, Operation Inherent Resolve Service Medal, parachutist badge, air assault badge, pathfinder badge, and ranger tab. Major Schepers also works at TAMKO as Controls Leader. He and his wife Glenda have three children: Ethan, Trenton, and Izzy.
The program planned by the high school service-learning class also included the presentation of the Colors by Carl Junction Eagle Scouts from Pack 70 – Braeden Bakos, Lucas Hendren, and Jack Merrithew; the Pledge of Allegiance led by Student Council President Lance Ward; the National Anthem and the Armed Forces Medley by the Carl Junction High School Band, and a student-produced tribute video by Senior Taylor Hughes. Army Veteran Sharon Clark read the Fallen Soldier’s Table tribute, the Dynamics sang ‘God Bless America”, Mary McWethy sang “God Bless the U.S.A.”, and Junior LaRae Fifer played “Taps”.