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Veterans Day Patriotic Assembly

Elementary School students honor veterans at the ninth annual Veterans’ Day patriotic assembly on Wednesday, Novembe

Slideshow Icon Veterans DayElementary Principal Twila Wollenberg gave a special welcome to the veterans and the audience. Activities the students participated in this week were making thank-you cards for the veterans, collecting money for the American Legion, a coloring contest and wearing red, white and blue.  Next, Ms. Wollenberg read the Proclamation Letter from President Obama.

The program commenced with everyone standing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The elementary students then sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The kindergarten class sang “Yankee Doodle.” They waved small colored flags as they sang “When the Flag Goes By.”

“You’re a Grand Old Flag” was sung by the elementary students.

As the flag was being folded, Mrs. Carrie Lingenfelter explained each fold of the flag. Montana McCurdy, Dallen Flaten, Allison Reeser, Domonic Knight, and Dreysen Mitchell held the flag for Miriam Williams to fold.

The first grade class sang ”America” and “Sing Out For Your Country.” 

Jace Stucker, Madison Cormode, Oli Thomas, Jocelyn Rodecap, Alyssa McCurdy, Kyla Vogeler and Alysa Miller read what Veterans Day may mean for many people.

 The second and third grade classes sang “America, the Beautiful.”

Some students of the fourth and fifth grade class introduced the different wars. One veteran who fought in World War II stood. Two veterans stood who fought in the Korean War. Five veterans stood who fought in the Vietnam War. Two veterans stood who fought in the Persian War. No veterans were present who fought in the Iraq War.  One veteran was present who had fought in the War on Terrorism.

The songs of the Armed Forces were sung by the second through fifth grade classes. Five  veterans stood while the “Caisson Song” was sung and then they introduced themselves and told about their service to our country. As the classes sang “Anchors Aweigh,” three veterans stood and then introduced themselves and told a little about their service to our country. While the students sang “Marine’s Hymn,” two veterans stood and then they introduced themselves. Five veterans stood while “Off We Go” was sung and then they introduced themselves. No veterans from the Coast Guard were present as the classes sang “Coast Guard Marching Song.”

Ms. Wollenberg gave a reading of “America’s White Table.” A POW/MIA Flag was displayed near the white table that Dylon Haines, Jessie Patterson, Kaitlyn Lage, Billy Glaser, Josie Patterson, Justin Brinkley, and Mason Rose had set. Ms. Wollenberg thanked the families of veterans and asked them to stand.

Junior high student Frank Warner played taps at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The MdCV Elementary School raised a total of $265 for the American Legion in Melvern.

Coloring contest winners were: kindergarten- Amelia Arb, Emily Criqui and Jordyn Duncan; first grade- Dalton Lingenfelter, Ellie Sower, and Chase Vogeler; second grade- Akyra Traver, Kandence Masenthin and Chevy Stallbaumer; third grade-Allison Reeser, Sam Goddard and  Dreysen Mitchell; fourth grade- Emma Marsh, Jorjia Kitselman and Kelsey Rice; fifth grade- Madison Cormode, Oli Thomas and Kyler Anschutz.

A continuous slide show of veterans’ photos and names played throughout the program.

Refreshments were served to the veterans and audience members after the program. Many of those in attendance viewed photos of veterans displayed in the commons area that students brought in of their family members.

During the week the children enjoyed activities honoring the veterans who served and are serving in the Armed Forces.

Behind-the-scenes efforts included contributions by the following individuals: Mrs. Burkdoll, for organizing the patriotic activities; Melissa Shields, for organizing the slide show presentation; Kris Brenzikofer, for arranging the concert music; Duane Meiers for setting up the gym, Judy Lacey, Carrie Lingenfelter and Doris Wolfe for program practice, Shelly Janssen and Cindy Stoneking, for refreshments; and all family, friends, staff, and students who brought pictures and donations.

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