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Hills Veterans Day program celebrates 'heros'

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About two dozen local veterans attended the Veterans Day program Friday at Hills-Beaver Creek Secondary School, where they were treated as “everyday heroes.”
“I wanted the public to notice that veterans are everyday people — high school students, young adults, janitors, volunteers, business people,” said Randi Oftedahl, middle school teacher at H-BC.
The student-led ceremony featured four high school students — Oliva Bork, Malli Ternus, Britton McKenzie and Leif Tollefson — reading “Defining a Hero.”
Standing in front of the crowded secondary gymnasium were five community members — Dean Goettsch, Holly Sammons, Deb Hartz, Carter Abels and Carter Hartz — everyday people who live locally and are veterans, who served or are currently serving their country unselfishly.
Seated in two front rows were many members of the Hills American Legion Post #399 and other veterans. Each received a gift of appreciation from the school.
During the program elementary and secondary students sang and the high school band played patriotic songs in honor of the veterans.
Elementary students displayed patriotic artwork in the school’s entryway.

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