On November 10th, 54 area Veterans took center stage at D.H.R. Elementary School. Teacher, Jodi Eakin, planned the event because, as she explained, “We wanted to honor our area Veterans. Our students don’t all know the sacrifices that our Veterans have experienced and why we celebrate Veterans’ Day as a holiday. We wanted to give our students a better understanding of why Veterans are celebrated and why state and government agencies have the day off of school and work.”
Each grade level was invited to pay tribute to our Veterans in any way that they chose. For example, 4th graders made poppies and gave one to each Veteran as a way of remembering those who had made the ultimate sacrifice of dying while fighting for our freedom.
The angelic voices of all 252 K – 5 students rang out as they proudly sang “America” , “I’m an American” and “Proud to be an American” during the celebration. The words of these songs came to life as Veterans, Mr. Charlie Weaver and Mr. Dockerty, spoke to students about what it means to be a Veteran and what Veterans did to honor and remember them.
D.H.R. students and staff as well as our area Veterans were then inspired by OESJ’s Jeff Baker, a 10th grader trumpeteer, who played an awe inspiring rendition of TAPS. There was a general sense of gratitude toward all Veterans. They made a point to tell the students that they can also protect our country by voting in elections and by speaking out against injustices. Principal, Rebecca Marzeski concluded the ceremony by pointing out that everyone can feel the benefits of freedom by volunteering in our communities and by teaching our children what it really means to be an American.
Will Brundage, Alex Swick, and Baler Stowell Jayden Brown
Jesse Walrath playing the part of a WWII Owen Feagles
Veteran in the 5th grade Reader's Theatre.
Charlie Weaver speaking. Mr. Dockerty speaking.
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