Local school districts will honor and celebrate Veterans Day with several assemblies and breakfasts to show appreciation.
This Friday morning, Miami Trace High School will hold its annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly beginning at 7 a.m. Principal Rob Enochs said veterans can join them for a free breakfast in the cafeteria at the high school, and the meal will be served by members of the student government.
“Following the breakfast at approximately 8:30 a.m. we will have our annual Veterans Day assembly,” Enochs said. “Any veterans that may not be able to make the breakfast can join us for the assembly. Similar to what we have had in the past, our band this year is going to play some patriotic music and Ed Helt (local veteran) will be there to recognize several veteran organizations in the community who are in attendance. He is also going to recognize the students who placed well on the Americanism test held earlier this year.”
The highlight of the ceremony each year is the spotlighting of a local veteran. The mostly student-led initiative focuses on the life of a veteran and explains how they served, when they served and how long they have been around the community. The style each year is different with slide shows, speakers and videos all having made an appearance.
“The kids do the interview, some participate in the band, others will read from a selection of service men and women, and a lot more have helped the event come together,” Enochs said. “We think it is important for the students to have that connection and show their appreciation to our veterans for all they have done. It is our goal, and I feel that it really shows. Every year when I address the veterans at the breakfast I do tell them that we are here to recognize and give thanks to them, but I also say that it is a great experience for our students to have the experience to interact with the veterans and learn more about their sacrifice. It is really a great learning tool for us.”
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, the Fayette Christian School will hold a breakfast and program to help honor veterans, as well as celebrate students who placed high on the Americanism Test.
“It is really low-key because Ed Helt has always been so busy with all of the events on Veterans Day, so we always were in between and had a short program,” Fayette Christian High School history teacher Sharon Miller said. “We sing patriotic songs and then Ed will award students who had high scores on the Americanism Test. Usually we wrap it up, and give a big thank you to those veterans who take time to come out and celebrate. This year, since we are one of two schools who will have a program on Monday, we are going to do a really low-key breakfast for the veterans Ed is bringing with him to the school, which is about 20 or so veterans.”
Miller said the event continues to evolve each year, but the message is always the same: to teach the students to remember and cherish veterans. She said that students will share short essays explaining why it is important to honor veterans, and further said that without these brave men and women, the nation would not have many of the freedoms enjoyed today.
Finally, on Monday, Washington High School is inviting several veterans to join them for a free lunch and program honoring their service. The lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and the program will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Liberty Hall. No school officials could be reached for comment on the program as of press time Wednesday, but look for additional coverage of Veterans Day events online at www.recordherald.com and in the print edition.
For more information about the various programs and breakfasts, contact the schools involved.
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