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KANAWHA | The voices of students, staff and community members filled the West Hancock Middle School gymnasium Friday, Nov. 10, as they sang, “God Bless America,” during the annual Veterans Day program.

The program, which was organized by Eva Johnson and Emily Hill, was held to honor and remember the men and women who’ve served in the U.S. military, including the nearly 20 that were in attendance as guests.

“I also want to thank those in the audience who’ve served previously,” said Sgt. Andrew Cummins, a U.S. Army recruiter in Mason City. “It’s a huge deficit to live up to.”

Cummins, who joined the Army in 2012 as a horizontal construction engineer, was the program’s guest speaker.

“That was five years ago. I’ve never regretted my decision,” he said. “I’ve re-enlisted twice now.”

Cummins spoke briefly about his time in the service, thanked his fellow veterans and the educators, and encouraged the students to remain in school.

Also part of the program were Carl Anderson, Commander of Severson Unit 77 and the Rev. Brian Hofman, pastor at Kanawha Christian Reformed Church.

Middle school band students played the national anthem, “This is My Country” and “America Fantasy,” and the junior high chorus sang “Who are the Brave.” Taps was performed by trumpet player Levi Eckels.

Before and after the program, the West Hancock Middle School Student Council served coffee and cookies.

A Veterans Day program was also held at West Hancock High School Friday afternoon.

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