On Friday, November 10th, Buffalo High School hosted its Veterans Day program, a tradition only taking place once every four years. Local veterans and community members were invited to attend the event to recognize those who have served. The program featured keynote speakers such as former Sergeant First Class and retired BHS activities director Tom Bauman, as well as Minnesota House Representative Marion Rarick. Some BHS students who serve the community also spoke at the event, and the BHS Concert Band performed two pieces in honor of the veterans.
“It’s such an honor [to be here] because not only did both of my kids graduate from Buffalo High School, but my son is a veteran too,” Rarick said.
Involved in assisting the program this year was the Buffalo Student Council, holding flags and handing out carnations were some of the duties given to the council members. This was Mrs. Schumacher’s first year being involved in the Veterans Day program as Buffalo Student Council advisor. “Any opportunity to involve the Student Council as leaders at different events is a great opportunity,” Schumacher said.
Many students plan to join the military after high school, one of those students being Josh Froberg, a senior at BHS who is planning to pursue the Marines after he graduates. This year, he was one of the Veterans Day student ambassadors. Froberg looked forward to the chance to honor those who have served in the military with his involvement in the program, “Even though it’s such a small thing to be helping out, it gives back to the veterans. As someone who will eventually be a veteran, it feels really good,” Froberg said.
Several standing ovations erupted from those in attendance, appreciating the amazing sacrifices these veterans (and their families) have made.