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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Veterans breakfast set Nov. 8

  • Neosho students with loved ones serving or who have served in the military will soon have a chance to honor those veterans at an annual banquet held by the Neosho R-5 School District.
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  • Neosho students with loved ones serving or who have served in the military will soon have a chance to honor those veterans at an annual banquet held by the Neosho R-5 School District.
    The annual Neosho R-5 Veteran Appreciation Breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, just three days before Veterans Day.
    Bryce Langley, retired United States Air Force major and senior aerospace science instructor at NHS, said the invitation-only event is free and open to any high school or junior high students and their military guests.
    The breakfast, to be held in the NHS cafeteria, will also include performances from the Neosho High School concert choir and the Wildcat Band ensemble.
    Langley said in addition to recognizing the veterans, the breakfast will also provide an eye-opening experience for several students helping with the event who may not have loved ones in the service.
    "In this day and age, it's not like 50 years ago where so many people knew someone in the military," Langley said.
    "A student could go a generation or two and not have a family member at all who has served so they don't get it. It gives students an opportunity to learn the commitment and level of service veterans have provided their country, state and community."
    Also present at the breakfast will be Jim Jackson, who will serve as the event's keynote speaker.
    Jackson, a former anchor for KSNF-TV, also served six years in Vietnam as a member of the United States Navy.
    Langley said past speakers have included currently enlisted NHS alumni and veteran advocacy groups.
    The NHS Air Force Junior ROTC members will also be on hand at the breakfast, where they will do a presentation of the colors, and a POW/MIA program.
    Langley said the way in which the district recognizes local veterans changed in 2007, when they began holding the breakfast. Previously, the high school had held an all-school assembly to honor the military personnel.
    "Our philosophy was, let's have a more meaningful, more intimate appreciation for veterans," Langley said. "It went from an all-school noisy assembly to an invitation only breakfast."
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