Members of the preschool class (left to right) Holden Schelske, Kershaw Reiner, Alice Heumiller, Kolt Messmer, Emma Stuber and Journey Johnson  look intently at the American flag held by Liberty Mikkelson as they lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

A school-led salute honored local service men and women on Veterans Day with a program held at Wessington Springs Elementary School Monday morning. 

Organized by students in the Wessington Springs High School Family and Consumer Sciences Event Management class, the program featured music by the middle school/high school band alongside K-6 performances choreographed by elementary school teachers. 

A flag retirement ceremony concluded the program with members of American Legion Willman-Fee Post 14 on hand for the ceremony.  U.S. Flag code states that, “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Due to high winds on Monday, a retirement ceremony, including a prayer, was held indoors. 

Members of the class that planned the event are Cheyenne Burg, Tyler Fastnacht, Sarah Raterman, Kali Roduner, Mackenzie Roduner, Dylan Schimke and Seth Tebay. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members Carter Grohs, Cale Mohling and AJ Neely served as Masters of Ceremony and also helped organize the event.

More photos from the program can be found in this week’s print or e-issue on PAGE TEN 

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