Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans
Posted on 11/13/2018
Honoring our Veterans

Honoring All Who Serve WCES Veterans’ Day Assembly

A man named Judd Gregg stated, “The Veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we enjoy.  They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment”.

WCES students, staff, and families took time on Friday, November 9 to recognize the men and women of our country who are committed to serving  in the various branches of the United States Military. This is an important event for our entire school community, and something we look forward to each year.  

Principal Beth Cooper introduced the event by focusing on gratitude, explaining that we are truly grateful for the sacrifices that our Veterans have made to protect our many wonderful freedoms.  Members of Boy Scout Troop 3289 presented the colors. The audience recited the Pledge of Allegiance and listened to the Wrangler Choir perform The National Anthem and other patriotic tunes.

Second grade teacher Kathryn Sidor took time to explain the importance of this very special assembly and her personal passion behind this event.  Her husband Thomas Sidor has served in the United States Marines and she considers it a special honor to recognize him and his fellow servicemen.

The audience watched a movie of a reading of the book H is for Honor:  A Military Family Alphabet.  This book uses each letter of the alphabet to tell some unique fact about the United States Military.  Students, staff, family members, and community guests participated in this special reading.

Next, Mrs. Sidor and Student Council President Mady Bradshaw had a chance to interview a Veteran who has special ties to WCES.  Steve Sanford is the father of second grade student SJ Sanford. Mr. Sanford answered students’ questions about his time serving our country as a mechanic in the U.S. and Afghanistan.  He spoke about M.R.E’s, living in different types of quarters, basic training, and the various vehicles that he has worked or traveled on. Mr. Sanford also explained the deep sense of brotherhood he shares with his fellow Veterans.  

The assembly concluded with the playing of the different branch anthems, allowing Veterans to stand and be recognized as their anthem was played.  Over 60 Veterans were recognized by WCES students, staff, and families.

Many Veterans visited classrooms after the assembly and had a chance to introduce themselves and share some of their experiences with students.  Classes prepared notes, art, and other projects to show their appreciation and thanks for our Veterans.

This was truly a special day for our WCES family and all of our Veterans that we are so very grateful for!