HANOVERTON- A retired Navy officer spoke of the commitment and sacrifice of service men and women during United High School's annual Veterans Day Assembly Friday morning.
Sharing his personal experiences in service, retired Lt. Cmdr. Dan Eddinger, a 1990 graduate of United Local, also encouraged students to demonstrate the same qualities in their community.
Starting with an officer assignment in the Submarine Force, Eddinger's career spanned 20 years, three oceans, three continents, 14 countries and a bachelor's and a master's degree- and required much sacrifice, hard work and dedication, he said.
"[Serving my country] was a privilege and unbelievable experience...one that came at great sacrifice," he explained. "Service means a commitment to something bigger than yourself...something so great you're willing to give your life for it."
Eddinger told the students to look to veterans as examples of how to live their lives.
"Those who came before and those who are serving now are made of the same stuff as you
(the students)," he said. "Even if you don't join the service, you can demonstrate that commitment and sacrifice to serve and strengthen your community."
Over 30 veterans attended the event which included a "Tribute to the Armed Forces" by the United Choir, an introduction of local veterans and a moment of silence for Navy veteran and retired United teacher Dan Imhoff Sr., who recently passed away. Boy Scout Troop 55 posted colors and led the "Pledge of Allegiance." The event also included performances by the United Band and readings by United students.
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