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Dear Editor:

With all the negative news and fighting that is going on, I know there is still hope for our country and it will be our younger generation that will be making the change.

It was a breath of fresh air to attend the special veterans program Nov. 8 at Cumberland Valley High School put on by the Patriot’s Club. The young man who deserves a lot of credit for the program is Andrew Adams. I don’t think I have ever met a young person like Andrew who took on such a huge task. There was not one flaw in the program.

Music was provided by the brass quintet prior to the program. Opening remarks were made, the National Anthem sung by the Soaring Voices, the Pledge of Allegiance recited. Peter Mashinski offered a thank you for your service.

Adams talked about the history of Veterans Day. The brass quintet played songs for all the branches of the service as the veterans stood. Representatives from both the state and federal government giving remarks.

Helena Di Caprio, the winner of the 2017 Essay Contest, brought tears to my eyes as she read her essay. The Soaring Voices from CVHS sang prior to Ian Pratt playing of “Taps” to end the program. It still brings chills to me every time I hear “Taps.” I think of all the soldiers that have given their lives and are still giving to keep us free.

I just want to say a special thank you to Peter Mashinski, the Patriot’s Club adviser; Tracee Zygmunt, CVSD Music Department Chair; and all the members of the CVHS Patriot’s Club who played a huge part to put on a great program to honor our veterans.

In closing I pray that all the schools will keep honoring our veterans who are fighting to keep us free.

Lois Gleim



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