This morning at Kuna High School -- students, staff, parents and local veterans filled the gym for the school's annual Veterans Day assembly.

After opening remarks was a tribute to the service members lost in battle, or whose whereabouts are still unknown -- symbolized by the "missing man table" -- followed by musical performances from Kuna students.

Today's special guest speaker served in the Vietnam War and attained the Air Force's highest enlisted rank. Chief Master Sergeant Jack Hood served as a pastor after retiring from the Air Force 44 years ago.

Early in his remarks, he recognized all branches of the military -- including the United States Marine Corps, which was founded on this day in 1775.

"Who are the men and women who fight our wars? Who are the veterans? They're the farmers, the policemen, the school teachers; they're the businessmen and women and the pastors that we know today, who were once the boys and girls next door," said Hood.

Laurie Weatherby, who teaches government and U.S. history at Kuna High School, organized today's assembly.