Veterans honored at Oakdale Elementary program


The event’s guest speaker, Brian Ritchie, showed the audience photos from his time in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and described his experience learning how to parachute out of an airplane. Ritchie served on active duty from 1995 to 1998.

Robert Nehotte, the grandfather of an Oakdale Elementary School student, sang the Korean folk song, “Arriang.” He said the song is so popular in Korea that it’s the first thing Korean children learn when they go to school. Nehotte served in the Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War.

Children from local Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops participated in the presentation and the Oakdale Choir performed “On Yon Far Mountain,” “You Are Our Heroes” and “Thank You Soldiers."

The event’s guest speaker, Brian Ritchie, showed the audience photos from his time in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and described his experience learning how to parachute out of an airplane. Ritchie served on active duty from 1995 to 1998.

Oakdale Elementary School held its annual Veterans Day Program Nov. 10, honoring veterans from all branches of the military. In addition to the guest performer and the guest speaker, veterans from all branches of the military attended the event, and as part of the program, they all introduced themselves. Many were family and friends of Oakdale Elementary students and staff.

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