IN observance of Veterans Day, Saipan International School on Wednesday afternoon held a short ceremony to salute the brave men and women who are serving or who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

SIS Headmaster Dr. Ronald E. Snyder said they joined the rest of the nation in commemorating Veterans Day — which is known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day in other countries — to honor people who have dedicated their lives to service.

“Service is a cornerstone of our program and we honor all those who have dedicated their lives to others, their nations and the world,” he said. “SIS is an international school and our student body represents more than 25 nationalities. We truly believe in the concept of promoting goodwill, understanding and friendly relations with all other peoples.”

Snyder, who is an Army veteran, said SIS recognizes the importance of highlighting the events which grew out of Armistice Day, marking the cessation of hostilities in World War I.

In 1926, Snyder added, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the day with a resolution to celebrate Nov. 11 “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through goodwill and mutual understanding between nations.”

During the Veterans Day ceremony at SIS, Board of Education member Greg Borja said there are many forms of service as he encouraged students to serve the community through hard work and dedication.

“Service may be defined as the action of helping someone like the Rotary Club and your school’s Interact Club which provide humanitarian service for the benefit of our island people,” Borja said.

Promoting education and literacy through tutoring, supporting the environment by conducting beach cleanups, and helping keep the school clean and safe are forms of service, too, he added.

Borja, who is a Marine veteran, also thanked SIS for supporting those who have served and those who continue to serve their country.

Eleventh grader Jesse Sablan then read the memorial poem, “In Flanders Field,” while seniors lowered the international flags to half-staff.

Snyder said the flags on campus were lowered to mourn the servicemembers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The flags will be raised on Friday to celebrate everyone who works in the service of others, he added.

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