Students from Trinity Junior High and High School braved the blustering winds to honor those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces with a reverse parade for Veteran's Day. They held up handmade signs and flags and waved to passersby as they huddled together for warmth on the edge of the school's practice football field, Wednesday.
Reverse parades have become more popular in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and nursing homes in Dickinson have put them on for special occasions like graduations, Mother's Day and award celebrations to promote social distancing.
Trinity held their parade in lieu of its typical Veteran's Day activities.
"Traditionally, we have had a Veteran's Day program where we have our Holy Mass," said DeAnn Scheeler, Director of Mission Advancement for Trinity Catholic Schools. "We do recognition of veterans, both alumni veterans and those that are close to our students, faculty and staff in the school where they're able to submit a photo and information about their veteran and then we go through them on a slide show and recognize them. Then we have them stay for lunch. Obviously, in the pandemic, we're not able to invite all of those people into our building."
In addition, a new permanent display was installed outside of the school's auditorium this week to honor North Dakota veterans.
"One of our graduates, Dave Weiler ... was working on a project in North Dakota called the Wall of Honor, and basically they are installing these televisions that have a rolling program that showcases veterans in North Dakota," Scheeler said.
The Wall of Honor is a digital billboard the showcases veterans, active duty military personnel, emergency responders and medical personnel.
"He (Weiler) was here installing a TV recently, and it just scrolls through the different veterans. People are able to submit veterans from their lives or that they know of to thewallofhonor.org and then they can get added into the system."
Each slide displays the photo, name and career of an honoree.
The displays are typically in fraternal organizations, restaurants, convenience stores and taverns in the state.
"We're the first school that's done the Wall of Honor," Scheeler said.