Clarence Olson, Merlin and Karen Voorhees and Dick Olson were amongst the Veterans present at the ABO program last Thursday.

More than a dozen veterans were recognized for their service during the Veterans Day program last Thursday. Veterans and their years of service in attendance were Jeremy Chicoine, 1993-1997; Steve Stier, 1982-2005; Bill Donahue, 1964-1966; Dick Olson, 1961-1964; Clarence Olson, 1956-1995; Merlin Voorhees, 1964-1967; Karen Voorhees, 1964-1967; Bradley Gruis, 1987-1993; Casey Hight, 2001-2009; Val Chicoine, 2001-2010; Merle Meyers, 1953-2003; Ron Peters, 1975-1996; and Bob Porter, 1952-1954.

The program opened with an explanation of the origins of Armistice Day, the precursor to Veterans Day by Griffin Petersen. Trail Life Troop 1884 presented the Colors, and then the Sully Buttes All-State Quartet sang the National Anthem.

Members of the Sully Post 79 American Legion Auxiliary performed the POW/MIA table remembrance ceremony. ABO third-fifth graders sang Sacrifices Made and K-2 students sang Veterans March.

Featured speaker Steven Stier impressed upon the fact that every veteran counts, and that no matter how small they thought their contribution was, it is all part of our great military. Stier also offered thanks to those who support what veterans have done.

Veterans present were asked to stand for their branch of the military’s song when it was played during the Sully Buttes band’s performance of Armed Forces on Parade.

The program closed with retiring the Colors.