Letter of the Week: Children honor vets
Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:03 a.m.
I wish to thank Hidden Oak Elementary School for the special Veterans Day Celebration held Nov. 8, the Thursday before homecoming.
The program included so many avenues of awareness for history, our soldiers and their families. It was designed to really hit home with videos, songs and even T-shirts worn by students on the bleachers to represent the American flag!
The Presentation of Colors by Buchholz ROTC, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and hearing everyone sing the "Star Spangled Banner" really touched everyone's heart. It was fitting that this celebration was held just after Election Day!
Veterans and their relatives were honored with reserved seating. The videos included the words to each picture to capture the moment. I could see as I looked down the rows of veterans, that it hit home and brought back memories.
After the presentation in the auditorium, veterans and their families were invited to the fourth-grade students for a special token of appreciation and a certificate to express gratitude. For some, this may have been the only show of appreciation since they served their country so honorably. A question and answer session was also carried out by the teachers and students.
Thank you, Principal Knowles, for carrying on this tradition. My husband and I have attended these celebrations since Hidden Oak opened its doors! We have gone from seeing our own children celebrate to our grandchildren.
One child asked "why are some of the veterans crying?"
My husband, a Marine veteran, replied, "Those are tears of joy to have made it home and remembrance for those who did not."
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