11th Annual FCCLA Freedom Breakfast

11th Annual FCCLA Freedom Breakfast
Posted on 11/10/2021
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The 11th Annual FCCLA Veterans Freedom Breakfast and Program at Indian Lake High School was an opportunity to come together again and celebrate service. 
Last year's event was strictly a drive-thru meal because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, this year, the ILHS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America prepared a hearty breakfast and sincere appreciation program for dozens of local veterans, active members of the military, spouses and Gold Star parents. 
For 94-year old World War II Army Veteran Ralph Shively, the event was a welcome chance to leave the local nursing home and connect with family and friends. His granddaughter, ILMS teacher Jana McPherson, explains that because of facility restrictions they had not been able to see Shively for the past two months.
FCCLA members first served up breakfast in the ILHS Auxiliary gym. Then the group moved to the auditorium for an assembly including the entire ILHS student body. The Meistersingers Show Choir performed a musical tribute and FCCLA members read poems and quotes of appreciation. 
Retired US Navy Senior Chief Scott Anderson was the featured speaker during the assembly.  
He now assists veterans as an employee of the Veterans Affairs Administration Office in Cleveland. 
Anderson says most veterans cherish events like the ILHS Freedom Breakfast. 
"Honoring veterans is important because of all sacrifices they have made. Whether they were in combat or aboard a ship, whether you were on the front line or behind a desk, you're still serving. You're away from your family, you're away from your loved ones. You miss holidays, birthdays, anniversaries...So it's a time that you dedicate and serving your country is serving with honor."
As is tradition, at the conclusion of the program the veterans in attendance were invited to come to the front of the auditorium. ILHS students filed through shaking their hands and offering their thanks for their service. 


All past and present Military Personnel, Auxiliary Members, Reservists, Gold Star Mothers, and their spouses or guests are invited to attend the 11th Annual FCCLA Freedom Breakfast at Indian Lake High School. This event is hosted by the Indian Lake Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter and includes a hearty breakfast with a musical salute to our country’s heroes. The annual celebration will be on
Wednesday, November 10th at 8 am in the Indian Lake High School Auxiliary Gym. Any service member attending may bring one guest. Please RSVP your name, number attending and phone number by November 5th to Indian Lake High School at 686-8851 (phone) ext. 4334 or