Shawnee Elementary students and staff intentionally set aside time to honor and thank veterans. Friday, November 11, 2022, Shawnee Elementary welcomed veterans to their annual Veterans Day Program. The event was hosted by Shawnee Elementary sixth-grade students who invited each veteran and performed in the annual program.
“Our students have been studying Veterans Day and the importance of honoring those who selflessly protect our country,” said Campus Principal Kyle Phelps. “This program allows students to visit with our community veterans and thank them for their service.”
During the event, sixth-grade student, Sophia Roe, read a short poem. The sixth-grade choir sang A Tribute to the Armed Services, a medley of patriotic songs to honor veterans from each military branch. Each veteran was recognized by name and stood to be honored during each portion of the medley.
The program also featured Al Bailey, President of Honor Flight Dayton. Honor Flight recognizes veterans for their service and their sacrifice while providing opportunities to visit the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam memorials in Washington D.C.
Bailey shared that the purpose of Honor Flight is to provide veterans with a chance to reflect and to be honored by family and strangers alike. For some, it is a time to heal and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Following the speaker, Shawnee Elementary presented Bailey with student-made placemats and cards for Honor Flight Dayton’s upcoming reunion. These pages will serve as placemats for each veteran and family member who attends the event.
“This year, classrooms have been writing to veteran Pen Pals to ask questions and learn about their unique experience,” said Phelps. “The program today created an in-person connection with veterans in our community.”
This was the first Veterans Day Program in the new Shawnee Elementary Building. Prior to the pandemic, the event was an annual tradition for Shawnee’s elementary students in the previous buildings.