Metea marks Veterans Day with speakers, ceremony

  • Guest speaker Army Sgt. Alan Roger Reyes stands with his daughter Bella, 8, as the colors are presented Friday during the Veterans Day assembly at Metea Valley High School in Aurora.

      Guest speaker Army Sgt. Alan Roger Reyes stands with his daughter Bella, 8, as the colors are presented Friday during the Veterans Day assembly at Metea Valley High School in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Guest speaker Army Sgt. Alan Roger Reyes addresses the crowd Friday during the Veterans Day assembly at Metea Valley High School in Aurora.

      Guest speaker Army Sgt. Alan Roger Reyes addresses the crowd Friday during the Veterans Day assembly at Metea Valley High School in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Guest speaker Robert Tesmond, a teacher at Metea Valley and also a Marine, gets a hug from his daughter, Julia Tesmond, after speaking Friday during the Veterans Day assembly at Metea Valley High School in Aurora.

      Guest speaker Robert Tesmond, a teacher at Metea Valley and also a Marine, gets a hug from his daughter, Julia Tesmond, after speaking Friday during the Veterans Day assembly at Metea Valley High School in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Guest speaker Robert Tesmond, a teacher at Metea Valley and also a Marine, speaks Friday morning during the Veterans Day assembly at Metea Valley High School in Aurora.

      Guest speaker Robert Tesmond, a teacher at Metea Valley and also a Marine, speaks Friday morning during the Veterans Day assembly at Metea Valley High School in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Metea Valley High School Principal Darrell Echols speaks Friday to the student body during a Veterans Day assembly in Aurora.

      Metea Valley High School Principal Darrell Echols speaks Friday to the student body during a Veterans Day assembly in Aurora. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 11/9/2018 1:42 PM

Two military speakers highlighted the Veterans Day assembly Friday morning for Metea Valley High School students in Aurora.

While an old military Humvee kept watch outside the building, Army Sgt. Alan Reyes spoke along with Marine Robert Tesmond, an English teacher at the school.

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The ceremony also included a moment of silence and an explanation of items on a "Fallen Comrade Table," which was shown under spotlight in the darkened gym.

A military Blackhawk helicopter piloted by the Illinois National Guard was scheduled to arrive at 9 a.m., but on a snowy morning, the chopper was delayed and didn't arrive until after 10:30 a.m. However, once it landed near the school, some students were able to visit the aircraft to talk with its operators and take photos both inside and out.

Students also were encouraged to write letters to participants of Honor Flight Chicago to recognize and thank veterans for their service.

The school followed up the assembly with a reception for honored guests and their friends and relatives as well as local officials.

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