Gov. Jay Nixon Joins Hermann High School's DECA Club In Veterans Day Assembly

Hermann High School DECA President Sara Fahrenholtz introduces Gov. Jay Nixon.

Included is recorded video of HHS’s Kammerchor, Gov. Nixon’s Speech, and DECA Club President Sara Fahrenholtz’s speech as well as a photo slideshow.  Click here to view our video gallery.

Hermann, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon along with Major General Stephen L. Danner, and Dr. Carter Ward, President of the Missouri School Board Association joined members of Hermann High School’s DECA club in their 14th Veterans Day Assembly, honoring the men and women who risked their lives defending our freedom.

Hermann DECA Chapter President Sara Fahrenholtz began the assembly by saying, “On Veteran’s Day, November 11, we pay special tribute to over 23 million living American military veterans.  We honor them for exemplifying the true character of American spirit-personal courage, love of country and devotion to duty.”

Fahrenholtz then led in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Mr. Patrick Dell and the Kammerchor.

Playing of the Star Spangled Banner


After receiving a standing ovation Gov. Nixon said, “I am especially proud that this is an annual ceremony led by students from the school.”

“What that demonstrates to me is that the young people of this community have a clear appreciation and admiration for what our veterans have done on behalf of our country and our state”

Gov. Nixon commended Hermann High School students, "It is especially moving to see how the students in this school district have raised funds on their own to help send our World War II veterans to Washington to see the memorial in their honor.”

Prior to Gov. Nixon’s remarks, HHS senior and Kammerchor member, Katie Kernen, received a stand ovation after singing “America The Beautiful”.

Watch Kernen's beautiful performance.

Gov. Nixon explained the added significance to this year’s Veteran’s Day.  “ Today is the Ninety-Fifth anniversary of the end of World War One – the Armistice that ended “the war to end all wars.”

Pictured with Gov. Nixon is Trevor Hartman who played the Taps.

In Gov. Nixon’s closing remarks thanked the “courageous Missourians” for their brave service to “our nation and to freedom-loving people around the world and your sacrifice and willingness to pay the price for freedom.”

In his closing remarks, Gov. Nixon emphasized by thanking the brave men and women for “showing the young people here today that true heroism isn’t found on the movie screen, on the pop charts, or even on the athletic field.”

Gov. Nixon's speech and playing of the Taps.


DECA President, Sara Fahrenholtz made her final remarks as the Veterans Day Assembly ended with the play of the Taps.

Fahrenholtz said, “Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to render emotion than the call Taps.”  Played by Trevor Hartman

She concluded by saying, “The melody is both eloquent and haunting and the history of its origin is interesting and somewhat clouded in controversy.  In the British Army, a similar call known as Last Post has been sounded over soldiers’ graves since 1885, but the use of Taps is unique with the United States military, since the call is sounded at funerals, wreath-laying and memorial services.”

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