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D-304 middle schools to host Veterans Day ceremonies

GENEVA – Both of Geneva’s middle schools will continue their longstanding tradition of honoring veterans at their annual all-school Veterans Day ceremonies Nov. 10, the schools announced in a news release. Students and teachers have invited the veterans in their lives to attend, the release stated.

The program at Geneva Middle School North, 1357 Viking Drive, Geneva, now in its 21st year, draws nearly 75 local veterans, the release stated.

This year’s event features a moving address by Capt. Van C. Stone, a decorated Vietnam War veteran in the U.S. Army with one Silver Star, three Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts, the release stated.

“Mr. Stone is a true American,” North social studies teacher James Cook stated in the release. “He comes from a historic family of veterans who have served in every war and conflict that America has fought except one. He counts, as one of his highest honors, the fact that he has been able to speak to the veterans and students each year for more than a decade.”

Veterans are invited to submit photos ahead of the event for a photo story compilation that will be projected during the ceremony, the release stated.

The ceremony at Geneva Middle School South, 1415 Viking Drive, Geneva, now in its 23rd year, also has a student-led program honoring veterans and their families, the release stated.

The event also provides an interactive lesson in history for the students, the release stated.

“It is truly one of the highlights of our year here at Geneva Middle School South,” social studies teacher Ken Japlon stated in the release.

The ceremonies will include student speeches by the social studies classes and clubs, as well as performances by the eighth grade choirs, bands and orchestras in tributes to all members of the armed services and their families, the release stated.

At the conclusion of the ceremonies, veteran guests will head back with students to their team centers to share stories and answer students’ questions about their times in service, the release stated.

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