James Williams Middle School gave students a dose of reality with their veterans day eventSubmitted: 11/08/2019
Story By Zackery White

James Williams Middle School gave students a dose of reality with their veterans day event
RHINELANDER - James Williams Middle School held its 49th annual Veteran's Day observance Friday.

The program featured speakers, singing and live musical performances.

JWMS Principal, Richard Gretzinger, says that today's speaker from the Oneida County Veteran's Service Office hit his intended audience.

"It was awesome, I really thought his presentation hit home with the students and that his message was very clear," said Gretzinger.

Mark Dailey, a county veteran service officer, says today's ceremony is an eye-opener for children.

"I think it's an amazing ceremony that they put on," said Dailey. "I think it's good for the kids to see the veterans and for them to see the comradery that the veterans still have."

Dailey says some kids don't know what it takes to be in the military. 

He believes this mindset has caused a stir among the veteran community.

"One of the big issues in my mind is that I see so much glamorization by video games and things like that, those are things that bother a lot of veterans," said Dailey.

Gretzinger says after the ceremony, the future generation will now know what is expected of them.

"This is our future here, we have future soldiers in our presence and they are learning and responding to the message that was presented today," said Gretzinger. "It will also enlighten them so they will know what is expected of them to be in the armed forces today."

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