Baraga students honor local veterans

BARAGA, Mich. (WLUC) - Baraga students took time to honor local Veterans this morning.

"I love my veteran, my mom, who served in the US Army," said student council president Cooper Koskinen.

Baraga High School held their Veteran's Day Assembly this morning, with many students honoring someone close to home.

"It's important because these veterans and these people sacrifice everything for us, for our freedom, their time and their life, most importantly, for our country," said Koskinen.

Along with the usual songs and poetry, the assembly had a few unique aspects. Local Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Matthew Whiting gave an emotional, candid perspective on his experience in the armed forces. He spoke about what an honor it is to be a veteran and how proud his is to have served his country.

"I think for the most part I got my message across and that's that I am proud of my service and that I am very proud of my children and the school for honoring those of us who have served," said Whiting.

The assembly also took on a political aspect. Principal Tim Marczak touched on kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest. Both he and Whiting emphasized the importance of patriotism and taking time to honor veterans.

"I just wish that it got a little bit more air time than all of the anti-American things that are going on in this country," said Whiting.

The assembly was organized by the Baraga Student Council.