ROCKFORD, Iowa – Dozens of veterans gathered with students and the community in the RRMR gym in Rockford this morning to be honored for their service.
“I think it restores a sense of pride throughout the community and it shows the veterans that the community has not forgotten what they did,” veteran Jim Holt said.
Holt served in the Marines and thinks having the ceremony at the school helps students understand the important role that veterans play in our history.
“Events like this, situations like this is the only way they can learn,” he said. “They don’t know from personal experience and there’s no better teacher than experience.”
Dean Jones was the featured speaker. He served 20 years in the National Guard out of Mason City.
“I thought it was fitting to do a little bit different than the other branches of the service,” Jones said. “To show what a part-time soldier does and how they fit into the whole aspect of the game.”
But whatever branch of the military it is, Jones says those in the service work hard to protect the country and everyone in it.
“The military is there to keep us free, keep us safe and that’s what we sacrifice for,” he said.
After the ceremony veterans were served lunch. Students also put together a slideshow expressing their thanks to the veterans.