Geneva school welcomes war hero, Rauner at ceremony honoring veterans
Students, teachers and staff at Geneva Middle School North were joined by Gov. Bruce Rauner and Capt. Van C. Stone, a decorated Vietnam War hero, in a ceremony to honor all veterans.
The Nov. 10 ceremony, now in its 21st year, serves to “recognize the many sacrifices and courage shown by the veterans of all U.S. armed services branches,” a release from Rauner's office said.
“It’s so important that we all honor the brave men and women who protect our freedoms,” Rauner said in the release. “These heroes stand in the face of danger to keep us safe. No words could ever express how thankful we are for the sacrifices they make.”
The middle school ceremony, coordinated social studies teacher James Cook, included student speeches and a compilation of photos that had been submitted by veterans. Afterward, students were able to meet with veterans and learn of their experiences.
“We owe it to our veterans to ensure that our young people understand what a tremendous, selfless service to country the members of our Armed Forces provide,” Rauner said in the release. “I’m honored to be here, and I am so appreciative of all that our veterans have done and continue to do, both while in active duty and within their communities upon their return. The example our veterans set is certainly one to be emulated.”