Annawan graduate John DeSplinter was the guest speaker at a special Veterans Day ceremony at Annawan High School on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Annawan graduate John DeSplinter was the guest speaker at a special Veterans Day ceremony at Annawan High School on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Students and staff members in District 226 honored “Those Who Serve” during their annual assembly.

DeSplinter served for more than a decate as a Naval Aviator flying F/A-18 Super Hornets.

In addition to his presentation, the day included patriotic music selections performed by the junior high and high school band and chorus.

Kindergarten and first-grade students led the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by a presentation of the flag made by local VFW members.

The junior high student council presented a local veterans video, and high school students prepared and served breakfast to local veterans before the assembly.