CICERO – Morton East students paid tribute to those who served in the military during a Veterans Day Assembly on Nov. 11 in the Chodl Auditorium.
Color Guards from the National Guard and the American Legion Post 96, including 1959 Morton East alumnus. Benedict Sedivy, presented the colors at the assembly.
The national anthem and other musical numbers were arranged and performed by the Morton East Concert Band and Glee Club. Students also provided renditions of noteworthy speeches and poems.
The assembly was highlighted by the guest speaker, Jonathan Monken, director the of Illinois Emergency Management Agency. While addressing the students, Monken noted and thanked Morton East High School alumni for their 110-year tradition of service in the military.
The assembly was also used to kick off Operation Warm Troops. The campaign is being led by Military Families of Cicero United, which is collecting warm clothing and blankets for injured veterans flying home on unheated planes.
Donations will be accepted in room 217 at Morton East High School through Jan. 17, 2014.