Saluting Our Veterans

Saluting Our Veterans
Posted on 11/20/2017
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Schools Across the District Held Special Ceremonies

veteran and students saluting at AdenaEmotions were high as Adena Elementary closed out its Veterans Day program Nov. 10 with nearly 700 students saluting the more than 80 veterans joining them in the school cafeteria that morning.

The school’s program was more robust than ever, featuring Student Council presentations to define Veterans Day and performances of 10 different songs of patriotism to honor their special guests. Music teacher Stacey Pease, fifth grade teacher Beverly Gfroerer, school counselor Amy Moorman, and sixth grade teacher Jeff Barrow and his Student Council were the leaders behind the special program.

“It was a wonderful tribute to our veterans and the heartfelt appreciation from everyone in attendance was so evident,” said Adena Principal John Mattingly, noting the tears and standing ovation that sent a strong message of appreciation.

“Your program this morning exemplified the true value and meaning of the reason we serve,” wrote Marine Corps veteran Rick Cruse in an email following the ceremony. “The heartfelt appreciation from everyone in attendance was evident throughout. The hard work that your students and staff put into this presentation was obvious. Everything was first rate. It is reassuring to see the commitment of everyone at Adena instilling important values and providing positive role models for our next generation.”

“That was tremendous,” said Dave Smith, a veteran who now serves as VFW commissioner of the Butler County Veterans Service Commission. In his role, he’s helped coordinate the color guard’s participation in many different patriotic tributes around Lakota. “I think it’s so great to see the schools infusing lessons about our veterans into their curriculum.”

All around Lakota, students and staff honored veterans. From our youngest students to our oldest, respect and admiration for those who have, and who are, serving shone through.

Students at Creekside Early Childhood School, for example, were able to invite members of their families to share part of the day with them. Approximately 60 veterans were able to partake in the festivities, which included a special Veterans Day lunch.

At Lakota East High School, the annual celebration, run by students, began with breakfast for the veterans. Afterwards, the student body honored them as they walked down Main Street. The junior class participated in a special assembly, which, for the first time, was streamed live.

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