LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Central High School held its 92nd Memorial Day Observance on Friday morning.

School leaders said it’s the longest running high school observance in the nation.

The ceremony featured student musicians, the presentation of the colors, the raising of the American Flag to full staff and then to half staff. 

Sgt. Dustin Putnam of the U.S. Marine Corps spoke of the importance of the holiday to students and community members who attended the observance.

"It definitely means a lot more losing somebody closer to you, but it's still that same appreciation of the veterans before us that have made America what it is today," Sgt. Putman said.

"I think this service is just really important for the community, because this high school's been doing it for 92 years, and I think it's just a very respectful event,” said Central High School junior Hunter Herlitzke who was one of the two students chosen to play Taps.

The ceremony has happened every year since the school opened.

PHOTOS: Central High School's 92nd Memorial Day Observance

Published On: May 23 2014 11:28:59 AM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2014 11:41:09 AM CDT

Central High School held its 92nd Memorial Day Observance Program on Friday, May 23.  School leaders say its the longest running high school observance in the nation.

News 8's Martha Boehm went to the Observance and took the pictures in this slideshow.

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