Congressman Walz speaks at TCU Veterans Day program

U.S. Congressman and Veteran Tim Walz (above) addressed the student body and public guests at TCU High School on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.  (Lori Nickel Photo)

 

Tri-City United High School observed Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, with a special program honoring local veterans. Teacher Brian Mikel provided words of welcome to the visiting veterans, public guests and students before introducing U.S. Congressman and Veteran Tim Walz as the guest speaker of the program. 

 

Walz encouraged the students to appreciate the freedoms they enjoy, and at the same time understand why it is we have the freedoms we do. He added that while many in the room do not think about war each and every day, the veterans seated behind him did because they had stood strong in the face of tyranny.

 

Walz called the United States of America more than a name or a place on the map, saying it represented an idea, a self-governing democracy maintained through the sacrifice and strength of our military and our veterans. 

 

“We never give up or quit. We’ll always be there,” he stated. “Not for glory, but for love of nation.” 

 

Walz, a nearly 20-year veteran, told the students how proud he was of their “great” generation, as the legacy of love and honor of country had been passed down to those students who enlist their service today to protect our nation. He encouraged them to get involved in their school, community and country and to not give up on making the world a better place. He concluded: “Honor this legacy by being the best you can be.”

 

The Montgomery Area Veterans Honor Guard were present to post and retire the colors and the audience was treated to the poem “I Am the Flag”, recited by TCU Senior Megan Traxler. There were also special performances from the TCU choir and band, including “Star Spangled Banner”, “Legacy”, “Armed Forces Salute” and “Taps”.