KEYSER - Nearly 70 veterans were honored on Thursday morning at Keyser Primary School's Veterans Day Program as they paraded through the halls of the school, and each veteran was escorted by a family member.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Nearly 70 veterans were honored on Thursday morning at  Keyser Primary School’s Veterans Day Program as they paraded through the halls of the school, and each veteran was escorted by a family member.
Those students not participating in the parade lined the hallways, waving American flags and paying tribute to the passing veterans.
The students created handmade art work that adorned the hallways, including the first grade that fashioned the feathers of large turkeys from their hand prints and the third grade practiced their cursive writing skills while penning the Pledge of Allegiance.
The pre-k class made colorful decorations that were placed on the tables in the area where the veterans and their family members were served refreshments.
The fourth grade class members offered entertainment for the veterans and sang two songs for them - one was “God Bless America” and the other contained the words, “If you cherish freedom, thank a vet.”
The staff members of Keyser Primary School also participated by designing a bulletin board showing their family members who were veterans, both living and nonliving.
Several veterans took time prior to the parade to give comments about their time of service in the United States Armed Forces.
Scott Schenck, a Navy Seabee veteran who was stationed in Mississippi, said, “It was an honor” to serve in the military, and he added that the experience he gained during that time is “Something I never could get anywhere else.”
He was present at the Veteran’s Day program to be escorted around the halls by his grandson, a pre-k student.
Chuck Maynard, who served in the Marines during the Cold War, from 1956 to 1959, said he had one word to say about serving the United States of America, and that one word is “freedom.”
Army veteran Mike Williams, formerly of New Jersey, and now of Keyser, served his county from 1959 until 1967, a time he said was between the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and he said about being part of the country’s military, “Everyone should do it.”
Combat veteran Rodney Braithwaite served tours in Iraq and in Kuwait, and he said it was an honor for him to serve his county, and be part of the “fight for freedom.”
Coordinators for the Veterans Day program were teachers Juli Ravenscroft and Emily Altobello.