A day late and with the chairs a little more sparsely populated than in years past, Anamosa High School celebrated a milestone with their 25th annual Veterans Day Assembly Nov. 12.

To mark the occasion, Kirk Ketelsen was presented with a plaque recognizing his “vision and leadership” in getting the annual ceremony started.

“Thank you for your vision and commitment to Anamosa,” Lyndsay Gienapp said upon presenting Ketelsen with his award.

The guest speaker for the occasion, Sgt. Justin Mosley, serves in the Army as a recruiter for the area. Mosley initially joined the Army Reserves in 2000, training in Fort Jackson, S.C. He was deployed to Iraq from January 2003 to April 2004 and became a recruiter after deciding to make the Army a full-time career.

Originally from Omaha, Neb., Mosley has spent the last four years in Cedar Rapids, and the fact that he’s now a recruiter for the Army is a bit ironic looking back on things.

“I don’t really trust recruiters,” he said, while recounting his own story of how he enlisted in the military.

Mosley admitted it wasn’t until recently that the importance of the holiday sunk in for him.

“I never really understood it, truly, truly understood it, until maybe my fifth or sixth year in the service. I was one of those people who had seen veterans and never really talked to any of my family who were veterans,” he said.

What really changed his opinion was his time deployed where he worked in prisoner processing and worked alongside the FBI and CIA for most of his deployment. That experience showed him the extent of what the Army had to offer and influenced his decision to make the Army his career four years after he returned from his deployment.

Mosley said he was thankful for the opportunity to speak and was happy he could still make the assembly despite school being canceled the previous day.

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