ROCKSPRINGS — Staff and students at Meigs Middle School welcomed members of the Feeney-Bennett Post 128 of the American Legion as they celebrated Veterans Day on Friday morning.
In addition, Captain Matt Ashcraft, a staff member at Meigs Middle School, joined in the program via video on a projector screen from his deployment in the Middle East.
During the welcome, a brief history of Veterans Day was recounted. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 of that year to be Armistice Day to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the cessation of hostilities during World War I. While the day was celebrated in the years after, it was not until May 4, 1938, that it was made a legal holiday.
In 1954, it became known as Veterans Day to honor all service men and women who fought in any war since World War I. For a brief time, Veterans Day was celebrated the last Monday in October in order to give federal employees a three-day weekend. This was changed back to Nov. 11 in 1975 after a public outcry.
The Meigs Middle School choir and the 8th grade band performed patriotic songs, several students gave readings, and video presentations were shown on a projector screen.
Chaplain Coleman of the Feeney-Bennett Post 128 gave a brief presentation, and the program closed with a moment of silence and the playing of Taps.
Jessica Marcum is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.