Oak Hills High School News

OHHS honors more than 300 veterans

Posted on: November 7, 2016
Veterans Day ceremony

On November 4, 2016, Oak Hills High School proudly honored more than 300 local veterans during their their tenth annual Veterans Day ceremony. The high school Varsity Singers began the celebration by singing the National Anthem as the Color Guard presented our nation’s colors.

“Standing Watch.”

This year’s theme focused on thanking veterans for “Standing Watch.” Student-produced soldier videos were shared with the entire school and guests. Guest speakers including  OHHS teacher and retired Army Captain Paul Limpert, former teacher Tim Taylor, Navy Commander Louis Terhar and current teacher and veteran Donnie Becker shared the importance of honoring our country’s veterans and thanking them for their service. Each veteran’s picture and years of service was projected in the auditorium and every single name read aloud as students applauded and gave these heroes a standing ovation.

Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony

New to this year’s assembly was the addition of the Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony. This ceremony hosts a table set for six, with each of the empty chairs representing those prisoners of war or missing in action from each branch of the military, as well as civilians who also lost their lives. A moment of silence honored all of those who we remember.

The Oak Hills High School singers and members of the band were joined by 2015 Oak Hills graduate, Grace Aufderbeck to sing “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” before the annual tradition of playing Taps closed the program.

Veterans Day ceremony

Students showed appreciation and support for our veterans through posters, handshakes and hugs as the veterans left the auditorium. Oak Hills continued the program throughout the day with a luncheon for the veterans, panel discussions and interaction with the current students.