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Perham High commemorates Veterans Day

Members of the Perham VFW Post present the colors at the Perham High School Veterans Day ceremony. Photo by Ashley Bergen.1 / 2
The Perham High School swing choir performs "The National Anthem" during a special ceremony on Veterans Day. Photo by Ashley Bergen.2 / 2

On the morning of Veterans Day, Perham High School students, faculty and community members came together to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces.

Members of the Perham VFW Post presented the colors, and student-musicians performed various patriotic numbers. Public speaking students from M State were also on hand to perform poems and other special readings.

Perham social studies teacher Robb Moser told the story of two Perham men who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. George Rasmussen and Joe Shedowski died aboard the U.S.S. Arizona and their bodies were never found.

He urged the students not to forget the sacrifices of these men and so many others.

"Never forget that freedom is never free," he said.

Student Ashley Bond, winner of the local VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest, said that even though young people can't vote yet, they do have a voice and an important place in America's future.

"It's in our hands to change the world," she told her fellow students.

Music was performed by the high school swing choir, the PHS symphony ensemble, students Paige Meyer and Rachel Guck and more. The ceremony ended with Taps, played by local veteran Mark Murphy and a retiring of the colors.