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Area schools honor veterans with holiday programs

Bridgewater-Emery students sing during the school's Veterans Day program. (Submitted photo) 1 / 21
Color Guard members Ken Anderson, Dennis GUnderson and Tim Thomas are recognized during the Chamberlain School District's Veterans Day program. (Submitted photo) 2 / 21
Corsica-Stickney elementary student Cassidy Woerner reads part of the program for the school's Veterans Day program while Col. Alvin Punt and American Legion members Delayne Perrson and Lyle Bruinsma listen. (Submitted photo) 3 / 21
Platte-Geddes students are pictured during the district's Veterans breakfast, which was organized and served by the junior high student council and junior high students. (Submitted photo) 4 / 21
Dakota Christian students sing during the district's Veterans Day program on Friday. (Submitted photo) 5 / 21
Alexandria native and Hanson High School graduate Mark Thomas speaks during the Hanson School District's Veterans Day program on Friday. (Submitted photo)6 / 21
Wayne Woodraska was emcee of the Kimball School District's Veterans Day program. Ron Falor, retired Navy veteran, was guest speaker and presented video of air craft carriers which he was stationed on. Kimball Legion provided the Color Guard and Kimball kindergarten class led the Pledge of Allegiance. Kimball Kiote Band played the National Anthem and Kimball Choir performed “Welcome Home” by Jill Fitzgerald, a Parkston native. (Submitted photo) 7 / 21
Menno elementary students present homemade cards to veterans who attended the Menno School District's Veterans Day program. (Submitted photo) 8 / 21
The Parkston School District's band performs under the direction of Kevin Kurtz during the school's Veterans Day program. (Submitted photo) 9 / 21
Sanborn Central students thank veterans for their service during the district's Veterans Day program. (Submitted photo) 10 / 21
A United States flag is retired by members of Greer Post #11 of the American Legion during an official ceremony at the Wagner School District on Friday morning. Approximately 300 flags were retired at the ceremony. (Submitted photo) 11 / 21
Attendees of the White Lake School District's Veterans Day program sing patriotic songs. (Submitted photo) 12 / 21
Winner Middle School Student Council members present flags to area veterans during the district's Veterans Day program on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Winner Advocate) 13 / 21
Woonsocket students fold a flag during the Woonsocket School District's Veterans Day program on Friday. (Submitted photo) 14 / 21
South Dakota District 20 Rep. Lance Carson answers Ethan students' questions Thursday morning during the district's Veterans Day program. Carson, an Army veteran who served for two years during the Vietnam War, spoke of his time in the war and the challenges he and other soldiers faced after returning to the United States. One of the biggest challenges he faced, he said, was various health problems after coming in contact with Agent Orange, a dangerous chemical, while overseas. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic) 15 / 21
Jones County School District students learn how to fold the American flag and its meaning during the school's Veterans Day program on Friday. (Submitted photo) 16 / 21
Tripp-Delmont sixth-grade students sing the National Anthem during the school's Veterans Day program on Friday afternoon. (Submitted photo) 17 / 21
Burke elementary students sing during the school's Veterans Day program on Friday. (Submitted photo) 18 / 21
McCook Central kindergarten students sets the Missing Man Table during the school's Veterans Day program on Friday. (Submitted photo) 19 / 21
Avon Superintendent Tom Culver gives a presentation about when he was serving overseas in Iraq in 2007-2008. His message was to be thankful and honor veterans for the freedoms Americans have. (Submitted photo) 20 / 21
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Several area school districts held programs this week honoring veterans in anticipation of Veterans Day, which is Saturday. 

Submitted photos from area schools are included in this gallery. 

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