On Thursday, Nov. 8, Ayer-Shirley Regional High School had its 14th annual Veterans Day Program.

Sergeant Chadwick Larter, Ayer High School Class of 2009 and member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, was the keynote speaker for the assembly program.

Twenty local veterans from both the Ayer and Shirley American Legions were in attendance.

Speaking for them were Shirley Commander Charles Church, Ayer Vice Commander Tom Brown, and Ayer Commander Betty Ann Matozel. Ayer Selectman and veteran Jim Fay brought greetings from the town of Ayer on behalf of Town Administrator Robert Pontbriand, state Rep. Sheila Harrington gave her remarks, and state Sen. James Eldridge spoke with veterans during the Veterans Breakfast at Dan's Place in Ayer.

High school students were heavily involved with the program from video taping to speaking, presenting tributes to their relatives who served in the military while others researched the historical significance of Veterans Day along with the various meanings of the Armed Forces Medley. In addition, students served as masters of ceremonies for the program, singing in the choir and playing in the band, with Mr. Burwell conducting both groups.

Students from the FLLAC Collaborative with the assistance of Ms. Julie Cotton presented the veterans with homemade patriotic refrigerator magnets after they led in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Eight faculty members hosted veterans in their classrooms during the classroom presentation portion of the program between the breakfast and the assembly. During this time veterans were able to share their experiences with students.

Special thanks to Ayer Public Access Corporation (Don Swope and Zach Washington) and the Communications and Broadcasting Club from ASRHS for covering this event.

It can be seen on Channel 8 in Ayer and the SPACO channel in Shirley.

STEVE TULLI

Veterans Day Program coordinator

Ayer-Shirley Regional High School