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Thunder Bay Junior High School rededicates Freedom Shrine

ALPENA, Mich. — September 17 is Constitution Day in the United States, and Thunder Bay Junior High School wanted to celebrate by rededicating their Freedom Shrine. Located in the school’s media room, the shrine shows some of the most important documents in America’s history.

Students and teachers met for an assembly at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to recognize this occasion. “Schools are actually required to do something to recognize Constitution Day each year,” said Principal Steven Genschaw, “and what better opportunity when we were approached by the Alpena Exchange Club to do a rededication of our Freedom Shrine.”

Veteran Bill Romstadt was among the speakers. He shared some stories of veterans he’d met throughout his life, and how important it is to recognize these individuals. The work and sacrifices they’ve made to preserve freedom in the United States is something he believes everyone should acknowledge. “I was glad I had the opportunity to be able to speak to this student body today — to remind them that their freedom and liberties were paid for at a price and in some cases a very terrible price.”

Along with the rededication to their Freedom Shrine, the school also received a new American flag to display outside.