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Tigard High School salutes veterans at annual assembly

The event was one of several honoring local vets


by: BARBARA SHERMAN - APPRECIATION - Following the THS veterans assembly, a woman shakes hands with Patsy Nestor, who lives in Tigard, served during the Korean War in the Women's Army Corps and is active at Tigard American Legion Post 158; beside Nestor is Hank Hess, who lives in Summerfield and served in the Air Force for four years and the Army reserves for two years.One of Tigard High School's most popular traditions is its annual Veterans Assembly, in which local vets are invited to breakfast in the commons followed by a patriotic-themed assembly attended by the entire student body.

The 2013 version was another in a long line of well-planned and moving tributes to veterans who served from World War II onward that included lots of military and patriotic music.

The national anthem was sung, and "Taps" was played along with the theme songs of each of the various military branches - Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

by: BARBARA SHERMAN - GREETING WAR HEROES  - A Tigard High School student shakes hands with Summerfield resident Joseph Doyon, who served in the Navy during World War II, and beside him is Ned Miller of Tigard (with his wife Diane) who served in the Air Force from 1964 to 2000 during the Vietnam and Gulf wars. One of the two masters of ceremony noted, "We all live in a safe country these days because of our veterans."

Several students read letters written by military personnel as their last message to loved ones in the event they were killed.

Students noted that 1.3 million veterans have died in service to their country and urged everyone in attendance to thank a veteran "at least once a day."

People in the audience were asked to stand if they have a relative or know someone who has served or been wounded, and a good percentage of the crowd stood up.

The assembly, planned as usual by the leadership class, ended with a video about military service and a long standing ovation for all the veterans in attendance.