Veterans Day speeches at High School program
Following are Veteran’s Day speeches presented during the Prairie High School Veterans Day program.

Imagine this…you’re standing amidst a crowd of twenty other young men and women like yourself.  You have taken tests, had medical exams, filled out what seems like a million forms, been fingerprinted, and, finally, signed your name on the dotted line.  You are nervous and excited at the same time.  A military officer enters the room and everyone is silent.  You are all asked to raise your right hand and repeat these words:
“I do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America; that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies whomsoever; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.” 
Pride in our country and the hope that I could make a difference brought me to that place in 2001.  The military is a place of dedication, sacrifice, and courage and I consider it an honor to have served in the finest military in the world.  While my service was brief, I learned lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life.  The Air Force core values are Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.  If you could all learn to apply these values to your own lives, think of what you could accomplish.  
Every soldier, sailor, airman, marine, and Coast Guardsman who has stated the military oath knows the importance and sacrifice of service.  Their dedication to freedom and the protection of our citizens is unmatched.  Whether having served within the states or abroad, military men and women have worked hard so that you can live the lives you do today.  Some have made the ultimate sacrifice, and for that we should be eternally grateful.  
To the veterans here today, we thank you for your service and your incredible dedication to our country.  To the families of veterans and those who are currently serving in the United States military, thank you for the support you have given and the sacrifices you have made.  To future military men and women, some of whom are sitting among us, there is no greater gift you can give your country, so be proud, serve honorably, and let freedom ring.
Krystal Ellis  

In the Declaration of Independence, there is a line that states as an American we have three God-given rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. But freedom has a price.
Life: Many, many men and woman sacrificed their lives, to help us keep ours.
Liberty: They gave up their right of freedom, to help us gain ours.
Pursuit of Happiness: We have the right to be happy and many men and woman went into a very unhappy place to make it possible for us to enjoy a life full of happiness.
These men and woman are our country’s military. They sacrificed many things that were important to them, including their live; so, we could enjoy the things in our lives that are special to us.  In conclusion, we would like to say thank-you to the brave military men and woman in the crowd. You are the ones that make us proud to be Americans
Thank you, 
Abbie Uhlenkott & Krystin Uhlenkott

Bravery and courage are some of the most difficult and respectable virtues that we can think of. To truly have bravery it must come from the heart, not the mind. Courage comes from the soul, and many do not obtain these characteristics, the few that do are here among us, and in far off lands. You are the ones with bravery and courage that seem so distant to us, but it is a sixth sense to you.  You have given us the ultimate gifts, the gifts of safety and freedom.
You have suffered pain, sorrow and a sense of reality most of us will never understand. You have endured losses for our freedom, and not just us, but also the many generations to come. So we thank you, all of you, those who died and those who made it through. The ones who fought and the ones who are fighting today and those who will fight in days to come, remember, it is because of you that we are who we are today!
Thank you Veterans!
Maria Munger & Talyss Lustig
Veterans are more than what meets the eye. They are people that fought for our freedom and for what they believe in.  When I hear the word veteran, I think of an American that fought in a war for the freedom of America, and others may just think of a soldier, but they’re not just that.  Veterans are like super heroes, the only difference is that veterans are real living people. Veterans can be anyone, they can be our family, friends, or our neighbors. These people deserve a lot of respect, and everyone here today, put that into perspective, and be considerate of these people, because if they didn’t exist, who knows where we would be now. 
Thank you veterans.
By, Rebecca Lynn Phillips

What is a veteran? An understated word would be a hero. Many other veterans are fathers, cousins, grandfathers, uncles and brothers, while others may be a mother, daughter, grandmother, or sister. When we were little we would read about super heroes who fly around saving innocent lives, but when you really think about it, don’t veterans do nearly the same. Many do, but rather in planes,  than a power they obtain. Although they don’t have capes or super powers, they do have the power of protecting our great country.
Every year we acknowledge those great people who fight to keep us safe. Many understand the strength it takes to be a veteran, and to know a veteran, like our family members such as our grandfathers and many others as well. So today we thank all of you for fighting to keep our country safe and secure. So next time you hear about a hero the only thing that should come to mind is those sitting before us today.
Especially today and forever on you will always be our heroes’. Sincerely from Sierra Latimer and Shayla VonBargen and thousands’ of others as well. We greatly thank you for your service.
Shayla and Sierra

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