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Wentzville students honor veterans

Wentzville School District students wave flags in celebration of veterans on Veterans Day.

Wentzville School District students participated in Veterans Day celebrations at their schools to salute the brave men and women who are serving or who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
Boone Trail, Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Duello, Green Tree, Heritage, Lakeview, Prairie View, Peine Ridge, Stone Creek and Wabash elementary schools, as well as Holt and Timberland high schools, invited veterans to their special activities scheduled in honor of the holiday. Veterans were treated to meals, student performances and slide shows honoring past and present members of the military, along with special guest speakers.
“Veterans are special because they are a different type of brave. They don’t join the military for popularity or praise, they do it to help us,” said Delaney Hilgenbrink, a sixth-grader at Crossroads Elementary. “They know that every day on call is dangerous and risky but they do it anyway because if they don’t, then no one will. Everything about them is special.”
At Stone Creek Elementary, two 94-year old WWII veterans were recognized as part of the ceremony. Richard Baron served in the Army and his granddaughter, Abbey Rosenblum, teaches third grade at the school. Philip Wahler also served in the Army and his daughter, Cathy Sommerhof, is a fourth-grade teacher at the school.
At Timberland and Holt, veterans were visibly emotional as they entered the gymnasium to a standing ovation by over 1,700 teenage students at each school. Three WWII veterans have been attending Timberland’s celebration for years – brothers Edgar and Dan Kratli, who both served in the Navy, and Vince Boemer, who received the Purple Heart for his service in the Army.
Liberty High invited veterans over the course of the week to stop by the school for a photo shoot by student photographers that resulted in a moving portfolio of veterans connected to the school, either as a relative or friend of a student or staff member, or an employee of the school.

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