Veterans honored in Christiansburg
CHRISTIANSBURG — Hundreds of area students took a break from their studies Monday to pay tribute to the men and women whose service helps make their education possible at Christiansburg’s annual Veterans Day celebration.
The event began with a parade through downtown Christiansburg, which featured the marching bands from all four Montgomery County high schools, a handful of antique cars — many of which were driven by veterans — and several groups of first-graders from Christiansburg Primary School.
Following the parade, the participants, veterans and public gathered in the Christiansburg Town Square for a brief program that included a joint performance from the four bands under the leadership of Christiansburg High School’s Luke Williams and a special message from Lt. Col. William B. Penland.
The celebration then migrated to Christiansburg High School, where students and faculty welcomed the veterans for another brief service and lunch in the school’s library. The service included messages and songs from students, as well as a message from school Principal Kevin Siers, who served in the National Guard for 15 years, including three active duty tours.
Following the service, members of the student government served lunch to the veterans and family members from a nearly 20-foot-long spread of food.
“It just brings a lot of joy to do something for them for once,” said junior Anna Makarova.
Angela Robins, one of the teachers in charge of the parade and reception, estimated that nearly 80 veterans and their families were present for the reception. Robins said the cost of putting on the event typically ranges from $700 to $1,000, which is generated through a combination of student government fundraising and donations.
Though the event centered on the students saying thanks to their heroes, several students said that what touched them most was how much the veterans seemed to appreciate their efforts.
“You can see on their faces, how appreciative they are. … It’s really cool,” senior Matt Spurlock said.
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