Veterans Honored at Cozad Community Schools

On this memorable morning, Friday, November 10, 2023,  the Elementary School commenced the day with a heartwarming gesture as local veterans extended a warm "High Five Friday" welcome to the students. This thoughtful interaction set a positive tone for the day, emphasizing the community's gratitude for the service of these local heroes.

At 9:00 am, the 5th Grade Honor Choir, under the guidance of Mrs. Senja Stephens, took the stage, attended by all elementary students, to honor and celebrate our local veterans. Their Veteran's Day program was a touching tribute, highlighting the importance of recognizing and appreciating the sacrifices made by these courageous individuals in service to our nation. The participation of the younger students added a special and heartening dimension to the overall Veterans Day festivities, fostering a sense of unity and respect within the school community.

The High School Veterans Day Service began at 10 a.m. in the CHS gym. Opening remarks were given by CHS Principal Corey Fisher, and the event was emceed by Sgt. Brad Peltier, Commander of VFW Post #890. Members of the Cozad Honor Guard presented the Colors, accompanied by the CHS Band, directed by DeVere Larington, performing the National Anthem. Pastor David Haynes from the Cozad Church of Christ led the invocation.

Voice of Democracy audio essays on "What are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy" were presented by Callie Kostrunek, Erica Weatherly, and Jorja Yocom. The CHS Choir, directed by Amanda Kidder, Amy Hoehner, and the CHS Band, provided special musical performances. The guest speaker, Laura Peltier, shared her insights as the wife of a veteran and now the mother of a son in the military.

During the program, recognition was accorded to Veterans by Conflict, Purple Heart Recipients, POWs, and Gold Star Families. The service concluded with Taps played by DeVere Larington.

This evening, the Patriot’s Pen Essays will read their essays at the Veterans Day supper at 6 p.m. at the Cozad Elks Club. The winning essays were written by Taegan Dexter, Matthew Rhoades, and Mason Johnson.

Furthermore, Eden Jackson, Eric Schroder, and the Cozad Dairy Queen will  contribute ten percent of their profits on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, to VFW #890. Additionally, veterans can enjoy a free medium Blizzard at the Cozad Dairy Queen throughout the day.