Local Cannon Falls Veterans Bob Hjermstad, Dick Daniels, Earl Johnson, Bruce Flaten, Lowell Anderson, Sam Landon, John Schellenbarger and Glenn Schulz presented the Colors at a Cannon Falls High School Veterans Day ceremony.
Teacher and Veteran Joel Rustad spoke to the students on the history of Veterans Day, about serving a cause greater than any self interest and knowing that our Nation's cause is the hope of the World.
Rustad talked about enlisting in the Army Reserves in 1999 in part to help support his brother, Tim, who had recently graduated from West Point.
He talked to the students about lessons learned in the Reserves and in active duty in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003. Rustad talked to the students about putting the mission first, loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. He urged the students to serve others in their community, school and family, keeping those same ideals in mind.
Rustad also recognized recent CFHS graduates currently serving including Bryce Poppe, Austin Lauridsen, Jen Lorentz, Colton Sande and Matthew Delk. He also recognized new student enlistees Becky Yarbrough and Austin Leverton. He also gave a hat tip to CF school staffers and Veterans Beth Giese, Scott Morehead, Wendy Robinson, Richard Bennett. - Ken Haggerty photo
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