JACKSON TWP. Veterans Day, which is celebrated every Nov. 11, is a day to honor military veterans who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces. Nov. 11 is significant because it is also the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Many schools in Stark County use the day to bring veterans into the school to honor and thank them for their service. Jackson Memorial Middle School (JMMS) was one of the schools in the Jackson Local Schools district to honor the veterans in the area.
JMMS held two celebrations, one for the sixth-graders and one for the seventh- and eighth-graders. Many local veterans and their families were lead into the gymnasium through a spirit tunnel of cheerleaders and the student body cheering and applauding. After everyone was seated, patriotic music was performed by the chamber ensemble.
The events were topped off by a Roll Call of Honor recognizing each veteran by name and branch of service and giving them a certificate of honor for their service. The certificates were given to the veterans by individual students at JMMS.
Principal Paul Salvino talked to the veterans, their families and the students about what it means to be a hero and about what the men and women of the United States Armed Services, past and present, mean to America.
"We can talk about different sports heroes and what they do for us, but we have a room full of real heroes and leaders seated right here in front of us this morning and their service to our country holds much more significance," Salvino said.
Salvino also called out the names of the JMMS staff who have served their country as recognition of their service. Many students wore red, white and blue for the day.