Purdy NHS honors veterans

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Purdy NHS Member Kyler Propps, center left, presented a photo throw to the children of the late Bill Hardwick, a World War II veteran who participated in the D-Day Invasion. Pictured, from left, are: Mark Hardwick, Propps, Marilyn (Hardwick) Goldstein and David Hardwick. Hardwick, a faithful attendee at the Purdy NHS Veterans Appreciation Assembly, passed away in June 2018. Contributed photo

Activities, annual assembly recognize military service

The Purdy High School National Honor Society hosted a Veterans Day celebration during the week of Nov. 5 in honor of Veterans Day on November 12.

Led by NHS Adviser Jennifer Cornelius, chapter members hosted several events. Two Friday Hat Days helped raise money for Purdy FFA’s annual Shoeboxes for Soldiers campaign, raising approximately $300. Chapter members tested students’ knowledge over Veterans Day with a trivia question every period of the day on Tuesday. Students were also asked to wear camo in recognition of veterans who sport the attire for our country.

Purdy R-2 School District Superintendent Steven Chancellor, at right, presented a Certificate of Honor to Vietnam Veteran John Rehwinkle. Contributed photo

On Nov. 7, students and staff departed with certain privileges for the day in acknowledgement of Loss of Freedoms Day to show in a minor way how much veterans give up for our country. Students were asked to park in an inconvenient place which required them to walk a longer distance to school, not use earbuds to listen to music or use iPads, and chairs in the cafeteria were removed. On Thursday, students were asked to wear red, white, and blue to show patriotism.

On Nov. 9, the Purdy NHS hosted the annual Veterans Appreciation Assembly. Local veterans in the community were in attendance and several were honored in representation of the time they served. Veterans and their families who attended enjoyed a light brunch in the commons area prior to the assembly, which featured the Purdy High School band and choir performing "The Star Spangled Banner," an Armed Forces medley and a concluded with "Home," a tribute to veterans. Chapter members recognized local veterans representing each of the major wars and paid tribute to the children of the late Bill Hardwick, a World War II veteran who faithfully attended of the annual assembly.

“I am very proud of the hard work our NHS members put into our Veterans’ Appreciation activities," said NHS adviser Cornelius. "As a result of their efforts our staff and students gained knowledge and experience in the sacrifices of our local heroes for our nation and prepared us to honor them at Friday’s assembly. Our Purdy NHS considers it a privilege to be entrusted with this tribute each year.”