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Dennis Maple, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel from Neligh, gave the key address at the Veteran's Day program at Neligh-Oakdale on Wednesday.
In front of a packed gym, Maple told the crowd that it is our duty, as U.S. citizens, to do all we can for the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.
"Veterans have given us security, freedom and the greatest nation on earth," he said. "It is impossible to put a price on it. We must remember them. We must appreciate them. Do not forget their efforts and sacrifices. God bless you all for being here today. God bless our veterans, and God bless America."
Shortly after Maple's address, veterans in attendance were asked to stand and were recognized with applause.
The Veterans Day program began with the advancement of colors by members of the American Legion and VFW color guard and the National Anthem, played by the Neligh-Oakdale High School band.
Norm Larabee, chaplain for Post 172, led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Daryl Booth welcomed the crowd.
Neligh-Oakdale Elementary students sang "The Brave," under the direction of Pat Miller, and gave a salute to the veterans. The high school band, under the direction of Nate Metschke, played numerous patriotic selections throughout the program and concluded with "Taps."
After the color guard retired the colors and the program ended, Neligh-Oakdale kindergarten students presented "Thank You" cards to the veterans in attendance.