Eden native and SD Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Joe Aldentaler was the speaker at Britton’s Veterans Day program on Tuesday.
Livia Knecht was the junior talent winner and Mataya Knecht runnerup at the 72nd annual Britton Area Snow Queen Festival on Saturday. (Steen Photography Photo)
Britton-Hecla’s kindergarten class led the singing of the National Anthem at the Veterans Day program held at William Amacher Auditorium on Tuesday, and Girl Scouts Zoe Beck and Adeline Biel led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Britton-Hecla fourth and fifth graders performed “America the Beautiful” and “My Country Tis of Thee” at the Veterans Day program on Tuesday in Britton.
Hillarey Warner was unmasked as Frosty at the 72nd Annual Britton Area Snow Queen Festival held on Saturday. A total of 23 people correctly guessed her identity. (Steen Photography Photo)
Eden area native and Staff Sergeant Joe Aldentaler of the South Dakota Army National Guard told attendees of the Veterans Day program at the Britton-Hecla School on Tuesday that the day belongs to all who serve and the patriots who came before.
“It’s a time to say thanks for the loyalty our veterans have for their country and for their great courage,” said Aldentaler. “They are willing to give of themselves for their fellow soldiers and for their country. Our veterans don’t seek the limelight, but they show up here to support each other.
“Once a soldier, always a soldier, and Veterans Day is a day of triumph,” said Aldentaler, the National Guard Recruiting and Retention NCO out of Aberdeen who has served since 2001 and spent time in the Middle East. “We serve because we choose to and for those who cannot.”
Since basic training, a month before 9-1-1, Aldentaler praises the benefits of serving his country.
“It’s been the best thing that ever happened to me, and I’ve learned that anything is possible if you don’t give up on yourself,” said Aldentaler. “I’ve also learned that we can’t take things for granted, like the opportunity to vote last week.”
Veterans in attendance were recognized and received an extended standing ovation. The Britton-Hecla 9-12 Band played the National Anthem and performed “God Bless America.” B-H grade 4-5 students sang “America the Beautiful” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” and the kindergarten class led the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Pastor Terrill Sorensen gave the invocation and benediction, Zoe Beck and Adeline Biel of the Britton Girls Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance, and the VFW/American Legion Color Guard presented and retired the colors. Veterans Service officer Dave Daberkow served as Master of Ceremonies.