Schools Honor Veterans Day
To honor Veterans Day, several schools across Lewisville ISD (LISD) took time out of their day to thank community Veterans near and far for their service to the United Sates.
Highland Village Elementary’s (Highland Village) morning assembly focused on Highland Village Vikings who have served or are presently serving the nation in the armed forces. Third-graders in Social Studies Club planned the entire ceremony.
In preparation, students interviewed former Highland Village students via Skype who served in the military.
To start the ceremony, Marcus High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) presented the colors with a flag that flew over Kabul, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom on Sept. 11, 2012. The flag will be kept in a display case, donated by the Ed, Marty and Martha Mears who are currently serving the United States and are Highland Village alumni. The entire ceremony was viewed live by Edward Mears via Skype.
Highland Village honored the family of Private Aaron Hudson, former Viking, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. Parents of former Vikings who have served or are currently serving were also recognized.
Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to enjoy refreshments in the school cafeteria. As guests entered the building, they would see a display of pictures of former students in uniform along with their yearbook picture from when they were students at Highland Village.
To close the ceremony, Marcus High School freshman and Highland Village Alumni Mike Davis played “Taps.” Watch a video of his performance:
Lamar Middle School (LMS) held their ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 for students and their veteran family members.
This year, LMS took their ceremony global with special guest, Major Jeff Gilmore, currently deployed with the Texas Army National Guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gilmore was able to participate in the ceremony via Skype.
See what Gilmore had to say to students:
During the ceremony, LMS Principal Leigh Ann Lewis asked veterans or those present who have a family member who is a veteran to stand, which prompted majority of the gymnasium to rise.
LMS Choir students sang the “National Anthem” followed by a trumpet performance of “Taps” by LMS student Cordi Dedecker.
Watch the choir’s performance:
Flower Mound Elementary (Flower Mound) Veterans Day ceremony was Monday, Nov. 12. The ceremony is a 27-year tradition, which started with former Flower Mound Principal Connie Gall.
“Every child in America should know what a veteran is,” said Gall during the ceremony. “I started this because my father served in the Army and he admired a veterans courage. Every year he would decorate his car with American flags and visit cemeteries to place a flag at every veteran’s grave.”
Flower Mound also invited veterans to attend the ceremony and asked each one to stand and announce what military branch they represented and when they served.
Students closed the ceremony singing Lee Greenwood’s famous song “God Bless the U.S.A.”
Watch Flower Mound Choir students perform the “National Anthem” during the ceremony:
McAuliffe Elementary (McAuliffe) hosted their Veterans day assembly on Friday, Nov. 9, and had over 65 veterans attend the event. As a small token of appreciation, Veterans were served breakfast, followed by a ceremony in the school’s cafeteria to watch a video about the military. Students shared their ideas about what it means to be a hero, and how that could relate to veterans.
McAuliffe’s theme this year is about Super Heroes and helping their students find their own super strength. Afterwards, veterans and their family members were introduced during their respective military anthems.
Prairie Trail Elementary (Prairie Trail) honored and recognized members of their families who have served in the military during its Veterans Day ceremony.
For Bridlewood Elementary’s (Bridlewood) Veterans Day Ceremony, Senator Jane Nelson visited students to read “50 States.” Followed by the third-graders’ program “This is Our Country.” In addition, second- and fifth-grade students wrote letters to veterans for the district Veteran’s Day ceremony.
Timber Creek Elementary (Timber Creek) students sang to veterans and their guests during LISD’s Veterans Day breakfast at Timber Creek. Watch the video below to see their performance of the “National Anthem.”
LISD takes pride in continuously involving its community, staff and students in events like Veterans Day as a way to honor and thank the community for supporting our students and schools. Memorable moments like this one ultimately provide an innovative experience for all learners.
Thank you veterans!