On Veteran’s Day, Dupree School once again held school and a community wide program honoring the veterans. Doing this program celebrates the service that so many have blessed our country with while also teaching the youth about the importance of respecting and valuing the veterans that have, and are still, serving the USA. Junior High/High School teacher, Mrs. Gnene Fordyce and her students planned the program and worked with Mr. Rex Laughlin to include amazing performances by the 7th-12th choir and the entire elementary student music program.
The program began when Supt. Brian Shanks welcomed everyone and then Mrs. Fordyce shared “Why we honor Veterans”. Next, the American Legion Post 124 Dupree Honor Guard posted the colors. Following the posting, Kelci Bends did a “goose bump” worthy version of the Star Spangled Banner and then the recently formed Dupree HS Lakota Drum Group did a wonderful performance of the “Lakota Flag Song”.
After they sang, Shenelle Widow read “When I see an Eagle” by Marie Frankson and the entire elementary student body stood and sang “Bless Our Troops” just beautifully. Afterwards, Stephanie Longbrake and Mikaelyn Lemke explained the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day and then Sage Brooks read “The Things that make a Soldier Great” by Edgar Guest. After she read, the DHS Choir, with excellent solos by Olivia Dosch, Keenan McDaniel, and Kelci Bends, did a lovely performance of “American Tears”. Following their song, the following students worked with Mrs. Fordyce as they acknowledged local veterans and their time served: Olivia Dosch, Garrett Fischer, Shantell Brewer, Racheal Barrera, Natalie Veit, and Jadyn Woodward.
Prior to welcoming the guest speaker to the stage, Derek Yellow Owl powerfully sang the ‘Lakota Veteran’s Song’. Next on the program, Charles Red Crow was the guest speaker. He shared about some of his experiences in the Korean War and times with his friends that also served. After he spoke, Post 124 retired the colors and as patriotic energy flowed through the gym, everyone joined in and sang ‘God Bless America’. The program was very well done and well attended and an outstanding demonstration of patriotism