Jackson Township Elementary School had their 10th annual Veterans Day program Nov. 11. More than 30 veterans and family members attended the patriotic program in the school's new gymnasium.
Col. Kip Clark and Col. Jeff Hauser, pilots from the Terre Haute National Guard, were guest speakers.
Another highlight of the program was the reading of essays written by the students about Veterans Day and freedom. Winners Jessie Timberman, Brad Harting, Natali Sullivan and Chelsi Houk read their own compositions to the audience.
"Veteran's Day is a holiday when we honor the men and women who served our country," wrote fourth grader, Jessie Timberman. "Many people lost their lives in defending and guarding our freedoms, such as voting, freedom of speech and religion... It is an honor and a privilege to be an American."
Brad Harting, of Mrs. Mogan's fourth grade class told what freedom meant to him.
"Freedom is happiness and to have liberty. To have the power to do things that you want to do that are right. I think freedom is so unique and special to have... and freedom is wonderful and sharing your freedom makes a happy place. So when you go home tonight think of all the freedoms you have."
Fifth grader, Natali Sullivan wrote about why we honor Veteran's Day.
"We celebrate Veteran's Day on the eleventh day, month and hour. Veteran's Day helps us honor our brave men and women who have, in some way, protected us with their own lives."
The last winning essay was by fifth grader, Chelsi Houk. Writing about what freedom meant to her she said, "Freedom means many things to me. Freedom means being able to go to the park without having to pay fifty dollars just to ride on the swings. Freedom means not having to go into war as a child soldier... Freedom is not having to hide my face under veils... Freedom is being able to visit my neighbors. Freedom is not being a slave. Freedom is not being executed for speaking my mind... Freedom is not having to worry about being bombed... Freedom is being able to go to school... Freedom is peace. Freedom is justice... Freedom is right."