Custer students bring community together to honor veterans
CUSTER, S.D. — Custer School District held their 27th Annual Veterans Day program today at the armory. The ceremony was run by the student council, and involved students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The program, sponsored by Custer Post #46 and American Legion, consisted of Civil Air Patrol flag posting, music performed by students, a POW/MIA ceremony, remembrance of deceased veterans from the past year, veteran recognition by Custer Cub Scouts and the 6th Grade Class, and a flag retirement.
Major Dean Suelflow, Aviation Operations Officer in the SD Army National Guard spoke at the event. He encouraged new generations to honor veterans by simply talking with them.
“Ask a veteran their story. I think a lot of our older veterans- they just never get asked that. People say thank you all of the time, and they buy you dinner and stuff like that – we get that quite a bit in the guard, which is really cool. But I don’t think we ask the older population of veterans their story very often,” he says.
Family and friends of the veterans were able to watch the ceremonies that honored their service. There were also moments to honor those who didn’t make it back home, including those listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.