RAYLAND - Buckeye Local Junior and Senior High School played host to veterans from many American Legion posts in the county, along with the Jefferson County Veterans Association group for a Veterans Day program held Monday.
Coy Sudvary, principal, gave the welcome and introduced Frank Santa, county veterans vice commander, who gave opening remarks and organized the program.
The junior and senior high bands combined and played the national anthem, and junior high student council members and the 2013 Boy and Girls State delegates led in the pledge to the flag.
PROGRAM FOR VETS — American Legion members from many posts in Jefferson County, along with the Jefferson County Veterans Association, came together for a Veterans Day program Monday in the Buckeye Local Junior and Senior High School auditorium. On hand were, front, from left, Charles Strizak, Dillonvale Legion Post 529; William Smythe, Jefferson County Veterans commander and Brilliant Legion Post 573; Sgt. Jack Ernest, Vietnam War veteran, injured in hand-to-hand combat; Frank Nameth, Adena Sons of American Legion; Jack Campbell, Jefferson County Veterans and Brilliant Post 573; and Principal Coy Sudvary: and back, Tony Phillippi, Piney Fork Legion Post 735; and Mike Panepucci, Jefferson County Veterans. - Contributed
Jack Campbell, county veterans chaplain, gave the invocation. Veterans of different military branches presented flags, while the school band played a song for each branch.
Sgt. Jack Ernest of Richmond was the keynote speaker. "He held the attention of all 900 students from junior and senior high with his talk," Sudvary said.
William Smythe presented awards to Americanism and government contest winners in the Jefferson County Veterans Association competition.
Sudvary presented Charles Strizak with a plaque for his years in organizing programs and his service to the school. He is the former District 10 commander and serves as commander to the Dillonvale American Legion Post 529.
Veterans provided the rifle salute, and Karlee Leonard and Nick McHugh, band members, played taps.
Santa gave closing remarks and Campbell closed with prayer.