Veterans, students and residents gathered in the William Kelley Schools auditorium Monday, Nov. 11, for a special program.
Following musical presentations by the WKHS band and choir, guest speaker and hockey coach Andrew Fellows shared Woodrow Wilson's address on Armistice Day in 1919 and his own reflections on his time in the service. Fellows served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the late 2000s.
"In 2009, I deployed to Afghanistan as part of a combat engineer battalion. We’d search for IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and things of that nature," Fellows said. "That was a more interesting deployment, but not so crazy that I didn’t go back again in 2010-11 in the infantry."
Fellows said he was grateful for his time in the service and for the people he met while he was in.
"And I'm grateful for all the support I received while in and stepping out of the service," Fellows said.
William Kelley National Honor Society representative Allison Kaiser shared reflections on the veterans in her life.
"I was not a military child, but the military was never far away," Kaiser said. "There were always pictures of a relative in uniform being added to the collection on my grandmother’s wall. I didn’t see them as veterans, they were my family. Ordinary people who made an extraordinary decision to impact the lives of myself and many others."
Kaiser thanked the veterans in her family and in the world for their sacrifices.
"I would like to thank the veterans in my life who have given themselves for our country," Kaiser said. "I would like to thank everyone who has fought to forge a path in the world for me, your children, grandchildren, cousins, and everyone in this room."
The program ended with the traditional playing of taps by WKHS trumpet players Corrina Marolt and Elijah Blanck and the retirement of the colors by the Silver Bay Honor Guard.