ROCHESTER - Rochester Middle School students recognized the service of veterans of our armed forces on Wednesday with a special concert.
As part of the celebration the school invited two distinguished veterans who made keynote speeches based on their personal experiences serving in the U.S. armed forces.
Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Major David Stevens spoke about his experience building schools for children in Afghanistan, enabling them to have a safe place to further their education, while Retired Navy Lt. Paul Lewis spoke about achievement and success using the lens of his Naval service to provide practical examples for students and to honor the veterans in attendance.
"Our entire community is grateful for the service and sacrifice our veterans have made while defending our way of life," Rochester Superintendent of Schools Michael Hopkins said. "This program is an excellent chance for our students to both thank them for their service and learn lifelong lessons based on their experiences."
The event also included participation and performances from numerous RMS and Spaulding High School students, including the eighth grade band, seventh and eighth grade chorus, the Spaulding High Junior Air Force ROTC and the RMS Video Club.