— DANVILLE – Community servicemen were honored by Danville High School’s staff and students at their annual Veterans Day ceremony.
Help at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, the program followed a luncheon provided by the school. Attending were six veterans living within the school district, as well as Representative Kurt Masser.
Each of the veterans was given a student escort into the gymnasium.
A keynote speech was given by TS Scott, a Danville resident and Army major who served during the first Persian Gulf War. “There was a time when the American people confused veterans with people who made policies,” he said, and those veterans did not receive the thanks that many do today. The site of many armed servicemen and servicewomen openly wearing their uniforms is very different from two generations ago, when returning soldiers were told not to wear anything that openly identified them after coming back from combat.
The veterans took the time to answer several questions regarding their service provided by high school students.
When asked what his service meant to him, Scott said it meant voluntarily taking on a task that is not asked of you. It doesn’t just have to be a military duty, it can be any responsibility that makes a community better.
When asked what he would say to someone thinking of joining the military, Marine Andrew Georges, of Riverside, said he would ask them to think deeply on what patriotism means to them. It doesn’t always mean being a soldier.
“Find out what you can do and apply that to serving your nation, whether at home or in a uniform,” he told the students.