Canton honors C.I. veterans

CANTON, Ill - Our nation honors our veterans on Saturday but central Illinois is starting the celebrations a day early.

More than a 1000 students, staff, community members from Fulton County came out to Canton High School as local heroes were praised.

“It pulls at your heart strings, it’s a pretty powerful image,” said Jay Valencia Asst. Principal at CHS

School staff wanted students in Canton to understand the true meaning of Veterans Day. Through a character counts education program, Valencia helped organize a ceremony to honor vets within the community.

“The amount of CHS students and alumni that we have and have sacrificed their lives for our country, our students need to realize, 'hey this is why we're here'”, Valencia said.

On October 19th 2016, David Riney’s son Doug died in Afghanistan, now more than a year later, he continues to honor his son and educate younger generations around the holiday.

“This ceremony is great way to get the kids to learn about the holiday,” said Riney. He adds, “For them to be able to see the men and woman who have fought for their freedoms and giving them the life that they have is special.”

During the ceremony, the school unveiled the Ted Fitzhenry Memorial, honoring a grad who died while serving in the Navy in 2004. The memorial will also honor other CHS alumni who lose their lives in the line of duty.


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