An emotional Veterans Day program was held at the Bloomfield High School gym on Monday.
The program started with a welcome by Leslie Yule, the posting of colors by the V.F.W. American Legion and Auxiliaries, the Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner performed by the high school band.
The choir also sang "Let Freedom Ring." Terri Mlady took the stage to read a poem about the difficult choice of serving one's country.
After the poem, the top three winners of Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy spoke.
The top three students of Patriots Pen read their essays about how important the veterans are to them and what they stand for.
The top three Voice of Democracy winners read their speaches on why voting is important.
There was also an emotional benediction as veterans were given a flower and a gift by students. Some students even got to bestow their grandparents or parents with this gift, making the moment even more special.
After the Veterans Day program, the Bloomfield One Act performed their play titled "Conflict."
This play displayed the struggle of returning from war and experiencing PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. The main character couldn't help but relive his experience at war.
The one act group took the audience back in time to the days of the Vietnam War. There were flashbacks of hippies against the war as well as soldiers on the battlefield.
The ending scene was an emotional one of a solider leaning on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial remembering his fallen brother in arms.