The Morris Area Schools kept their yearly tradition to honor our Veterans on Veterans Day despite Covid-19 restrictions. The program had to be changed up a bit with the vets not able to be in the attendance. However, speakers and music was still in the Morris Concert Hall and veterans picked up tokens of appreciation through a drive up option.
Prior to the program the veterans arrived via cars and drove by a line of Morris Area school students who held signs and handed out gifts. At 2 p.m. the recording for the virtual program began in the concert hall with Courtney Lehman and Hannah Flogstad as MCs. Members of the Morris National Guard presented the colors at the start and retired the colors at the end of the program.
Callista Kill, accompanied by Rita Lambert, sang several selections. Messages and welcomes were presented by Superintendent Troy Ferguson, UMM Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Mayor Sheldon Giese and Joe Kaproth. The Morris High School Wind Ensemble played the music during the program. Essay contest winners Isabelle Emmert and Kelly Berlinger read their essays.
Veterans and families were able to watch the virtual program on the Morris Area School website under live events. The program can still be streamed from that site.