Photo by Lorie Palmer
(L-R) Dustin Hoogland, a veteran of the U.S. Army having served several overseas tours, and now a “Weekend Warrior,” hugs his grandmother, Adah Hoogland, at the Grangeville High School Veterans Day assembly Nov. 11; Retired Navy serviceman Earl Barnes makes his way to the end of the Grangeville High School human tunnel where students and staff thank veterans following the assembly. Barnes placed his carnation in his teeth so he was able to shake and high-five on both sides of the tunnel; Larry Adams, US Marine Corps., retired, was the GHS special Veterans Day speaker.
As of Tuesday, November 15, 2016
GRANGEVILLE “Today we pause to remember not only those who died, but those who came home,” said retired Marine Larry Adams. “Those who more than once have had cause to ask themselves, ‘What’s worth fighting for?’”
Adams, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 30 years and attended Navy flight school, spoke to Grangeville High School students, staff, visitors and close to 60 veterans at the school’s Veterans Day assembly Friday, Nov. 11. Adams lives in Walla Walla but has ties to Kamiah. He served as best man at the wedding of GHS Principal Steve Higgins’ parents.
“It was Calvin Coolidge who said, ‘The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.’ Let us not forget,” Adams implored.
Adams thanked the families of those who served, as well, for “Without them, we would be able to do nothing,” he said.
Adams mentioned those who choose to call Vietnam a “conflict” or “police state” are dishonoring those who fought.
“It was a war and don’t ever let anyone tell you any different,” he stated.
He said when he is asked if he misses anything about the Marine life he replies, “Yes, my buddies, I had 38 squadron mates who didn’t make it home.”
On the lighter side, he said he also missed “weekly haircuts and flying an $18 million helicopter without having to pay the gas bill.”
“Every veteran who served has a story to tell. Listen.” Adams reminded the crowd. God bless the veterans and God bless you. Fly the flag!”
Students presented quotes on what Veterans Day means to them and the band and choirs performed. In addition, Camas Prairie Quilters presented several Quilts of Valor to veterans, including ones to father and daughter duo, Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings and Priscilla Giddings; and father and son Ken and Dustin Hoogland.
GHS teacher Pat Sullivan, who has helped organize the assembly for the past decade, thanked senior Morgan Pilant for his work with the event as part of his senior project, as well as everyone else who helped or performed.
“I never served, but both my grandfathers served in World War II and I think about them a lot,” Sullivan said. “Part of this day is for you, students, to let you know how you can honor these veterans.”
Sullivan went on to state students can honor veterans every day by the lives they live through by working hard, being honest, keeping their word and taking care of and loving their families.
Students not only gave the veterans several standing ovations but also formed the traditional “human tunnel” where veterans passed through and received hugs, claps, pats, handshakes and “thank yous” from the student body. Veterans were presented with carnations from GHS and cookies made by the local Eagles Auxiliary.