At West Ottawa High School each year there are only four full-school assemblies.

One of those was held Friday, Nov. 10 to honor Holland area veterans.

Staff and students go all out in an effort to thank the men and women who serve and have served in the armed forces.

"Each year this is one of our highlights during the school year," said Jason Reinecke, West Ottawa High School Assistant Principal. "The students truly understand the impact that these veterans have had on our county and our local community."

The event includes an early morning meet and greet over breakfast.

Some years, as many as 100 local veterans attend the event.

102-year-old Fred Winter told students what he learned while serving in World War II. "Faith in God, faith in your fellow man and faith in yourself," said Winter.

The main event was in front of the entire student body.

Students welcomed the special guests with songs and applause, and they remembered nine former West Ottawa graduates who lost their lives serving our country.

"They did a great job," said Gary Edwards a veteran who served in Vietnam in 1968.

Members of the school's advanced broadcasting class also showed a documentary they recently completed featuring 17 Holland area veterans.

"I just want everyone to be appreciative of what these people have sacrificed," said Jack Hendrick, West Ottawa Senior.

Hendrick said the documentary will soon be on the schools' website, and also YouTube.

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