“I feel very, very proud,” she said.
Landon Graft read an essay he wrote, “What does it mean to be American?” In it, he talked about having access to opportunities and being able to do whatever you want; being part of a multicultural society and having politics in life “whether you like it or not”.
People in other countries may view Americans as “spoiled or rich” – and that may be true, Landon said. Some people are rich and some are poor.
“Our country has its faults,” he said. “I believe that to be American is to fight for the freedoms for which we have all lived and fought,” he concluded.
Schroeder recognized the Lewis Central staff members who served: David Bergman, Army; Steve McPhillips, Army; Brett Ford, Iowa Army National Guard; Aaron Ware, Iowa Air National Guard – Currently On Duty and Deployed.
He also recognized local recruiters who work with students and high school students who have signed up to serve in the Armed Forces:
Army National Guard – Christian Jasek, infantry; Jackson Schoening, combat medic; Americus Peterson, T3500 engine; and Gabriel Zielstorf, specialist in carpentry and masonry
Marines – Brent Marsh, automotive organization mechanic; Hunter Waldstein, Intelligence Operator / Drone