Provo veterans honored at Timpview Freedom Festival

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Provo veterans were invited to Timpview High School to be honored with an assembly hosted by the student government on Veterans Day.

Vietnam Veteran Wayne Kuehne stands with  student government officers  Rachel Sybrowsky, Taylor Pugmire, and Solmee Yu
Vietnam Veteran Wayne Kuehne stands with student government officers Rachel Sybrowsky, Taylor Pugmire, and Solmee Yu.

A program with dance, choir, and band was held for veterans and their families, as well as the student body. Keynote speaker Sterling Poulson from Channel Two spoke of past presidents focusing on “honoring veterans as a way to honor our country.” Students were encouraged to thank the veterans.

“Poulson’s speech was focused on students understanding the importance of veterans to us,” said student Rachel Sybrowsky, the student body officer in charge of the event.

Sybrowsky and other student government officers have been working since September to hold the event. The focus was on students gaining an appreciation for their “country’s veterans’ incredible service.”

“This is our largest assembly all year,” Sybrowsky said. “We try hard to teach the students of the values these veterans stand for and want to blend the future and past together.”

Among the veterans, several were nominated to be featured at the festival. Vietnam veteran Colonel Wayne Kuehne was honored for his 38 years of service, as well as for working as a chaplain during his service.

“It’s wonderful to be here,” Kuehne said. “These students have been so kind.”

At least 100 veterans were in attendance with their families. The event has grown every year since it began in 2008.

“There are so many veterans in our community, and we want to keep a good relationship with them to teach our students of their examples of loyalty,” said Holly Bowers, the student government adviser.

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