FORT JENNINGS — Students at Fort Jennings High School were recognized by Ohio Rep. Jim Hoops and 1st Sgt. Justin Tumlinson Friday for their support of veterans.
An assembly was held at the high school gym where students were thanked for holding a Veterans Day ceremony. Hoops presented the students with a flag that was flown over the Ohio statehouse on Oct. 9 in honor of the school. They also received a certificate signed by him and Ohio Sen. Rob McColley.
Tumlinson, whose children attend the school, came up with the idea to honor the students after attending the Veterans Day ceremony and being impressed. Tumlinson served in Kosovo from 2004 to 2005 and Iraq in 2009 to 2010. He contacted Hoops who partnered with McColley who agreed to honor the students.
“I go to a lot of ceremonies, being active in the military, and I think they did a wonderful job in setting up the ceremony. I wanted to find a way to thank the students for the ceremony they put on on behalf of all the veterans who were here,” Tumlinson said.
He wants the students to keep in mind the freedom they have is because someone is sacrificing their time or themselves for that freedom.
Hoops said it is important to recognize the students and the veterans.
“We should remember what the veterans did and continue to do and be aware of it because they are the ones who protect our freedom,” Hoops said.
He said because of veterans and those who are serving we are able to have freedom of education and speech. He added that those who serve keep Americans safe.
Madison Neidert, Student Council president and senior, helped organize the Veterans Day ceremony.
“This is a very high recognition to get, and we wanted to honor the veterans out of the kindness of our hearts,” Neidert said. She added it is the right thing to do to honor veterans for all of the service they do.
Nick Fields, Fort Jennings High School senior, also helped out out with planning the Veterans Day ceremony.
“Veterans have done so much for us and fought for our freedom so we did a program to honor them and I think it made them happy,” Fields said.
Nick Langhals, Fort Jennings principal and superintendent, said the speaker during this years Veterans Day was Todd Hoehn, Fort Jennings dean of students. A coffee and doughnut breakfast was held for veterans at the school served by the students. Veterans were recognized during the ceremony and their grandchildren and kids were called down to stand next to them.
“It’s something we did here to recognize our veterans and active military and it means a lot to all of us that they thought it was worthy to pass on to legislators that we had a good program,” Langhals said.
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