Crawford: At Frisco Elementary, a Veterans Day to remember
As in the past, veterans were once again honored at Frisco Elementary School on Veterans Day this year. Principal Renea Hill, her professional staff, PTSA, parents and students chose to honor the vets in their community.
A program is offered whereby the vets are given the opportunity to visit the classrooms, meet the students, share their military experiences and answer questions from the youngsters. This is followed with a lunch and a general assembly of the student body and their teachers.
During this assembly the Colors were presented by Girl Scout Troop 2843. The Pledge of Allegiance was given and “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung.
A creative Veterans Day song was given by the first-graders. Veterans then introduced themselves to the gathering. This was followed by the reading of the well-known poem “In Flanders Field,” the playing of “Taps” and the retirement of the Colors.
It should be noted that each classroom teacher has his or her class prepare individual thank you letters to the vets for their service. These are compiled into a spiral notebook and given to the vet who visited that class … a true remembrance. This vet had the pleasure of visiting the second grade, and meeting a delightful young girl who informed him that her grandmother was Vietnamese and now resided in Texas … a very poignant moment for him as he had served during the Vietnam era.
In closing the assembly, Mrs. Hill informed her students that someday they could also become veterans continuing to protect the freedoms of our country for its citizens.
Veterans received many thanks on this day. I would like to thank Renea Hill and her staff for their service to the education of our youth and for honoring us each year in such a special way.
Additional thanks are offered to the Boatyard restaurant for lunch, Starbucks for coffee and the parents for the cookie baskets.
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