Cardinal School District honors veterans with annual ceremony

Veterans and their families gathered at Cardinal High School for the district's annual ceremony.

The Cardinal School District gathered Monday to honor veterans at their annual ceremony.

The featured speaker at the ceremony was Nathan Schumaker, who spoke of the duties those serving perform every day outside of war, the impact of service on the families at home and the sacrifice of those who don't return from overseas.

"The men and women on the battlefields both past and present, whether having volunteered or asked to serve our nation, have done so in knowing that they fought for our country and their brothers and sisters next to them," Schumaker told the crowd. "Those that did not make it home sacrificed everything they had and did so with pride.... with pride and knowledge that what they did was for the greater good."

Each year, the ceremony is attended by students from preschool to high school, and several students were selected for awards for pictures, essays and poetries they wrote for a contest entitled "What America Means to Me."

The sixth grade and high school choirs sang the national anthem and "America the Beautiful" and the Cardinal band played the "Salute to America's Finest", during which veterans and members of each branch of service were honored.