The El Dorado Middle School band performed a number of patriotic songs during the Celebration of Freedom Spotlight on Youth Concert and Ice Cream Social Monday evening.
Under the direction of Martin Munoz, director of bands, and Melody Turley, assistant band director, the seventh and eighth grade bands opened the concert event with their rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."
Between songs by the sixth grade band, the winners of the Division I winners of the "What Veterans Day Means to Me" essay contest were announced. The winners took a few moments to read their essays and accept their prizes.
Kyler McKibban won third place in Division I, reading his essay on the importance of the role veterans play.
"It's an important job," he began. "Somebody has to do it."
Cordell Pinkerton won 2nd place in the division, reading his essay highlighting his various family members were part of the military.
Brittan Towner won first place in Division I with her essay about the importance of remembering those who have served.
"It's more than a holiday," said Towner. "It is a time to recognize those who have served."
During the performance of the seventh and eighth grade band, the winners of Division II were announced amidst the musical numbers "Freedom's Light" and "Where The Sun Breaks Through The Mist."
Ashleign Pascal won third place with her essay regarding her childhood friend whose father was in the military.
Kaden Clites won second place with his essay on remembering the sacrifices of those who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces.
Ashaleigha Wehry won first place with her essay explaining why she believes it is important to remember veterans and honoring their dedication.
With the final song, "The Marches of the Armed Forces" members of the audience were asked to stand and be recognized for their time of service as their branch was announced and the march performed.
Kari Adams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.