Blackfoot High School hosted its annual Veterans Day Assembly Thursday morning.

The theme for the assembly commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Guest speaker, Doctor Colonial Craig Nickish, a retired U.S. Army veteran who served in the Army from 1961 to 1988 spoke about America’s first veterans and our national effort to recognize the commitment of our veterans. Nickish talked about why we celebrate Veterans Day.

“To recognize that we are in a free and wonderful country largely because it has been defended by veterans,” explains Nickish, “as you can see from left to right sits the revolution. Veterans Day is a very special holiday.”

The theme for this year’s assembly commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. The assembly featured musical performances by the Blackfoot High School combined choirs and the high schools band and orchestra.

Nickish says that his goal during the assembly was to challenge the students in attendance.

“I think I would like to challenge these kids, I say kids, I mean these young people, to become responsible patriotic Americans and be in the same line as those who have served before.”

Each veteran in attendance for the assembly was presented with a token of appreciation as well as a salute to each branch served.

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