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Students recognize Veterans

Monday, November 12, 2012

Josh Hayden, Petty Officer 2nd Class, a culinary specialist in the United States Navy, poses with his daughter Ellie, a third-grade student in Heidi Madsen's class at Meridian Elementary. [Order this photo]
Several elementary schools in Clay County celebrated Veterans Day this year with special programs at their schools.

Jackson Township Elementary hosted more than 50 area Veterans at a program Friday Nov. 9, at 12:30.

The school presented a lunch for all Veterans and, additionally, gave them a small gift for attending.

Local veterans, family members, students and school staff listen while gathered at Van Buren Elementary Monday, Nov. 12, for a special Veterans Day program. [Order this photo]
Students then presented special poems, essays and words about the Veterans and their service in a program in the school gymnasium. Students who'd won Veterans Day coloring contests were given special recognition, and others who won a school essay contest about Veterans Day got to read those aloud.

Veterans' names were then read aloud, along with the names of the students who were hosting them that day.

Meridian Elementary also hosted a Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 9, hosted by the Meridian student council.

Van Buren Elementary students stand to sing a song of thanks to all of the Veterans present at Van Buren's Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12. [Order this photo]
Bob Bigley, Commander of VFW Post 1127, and several of his officers ran the program.

The VFW read from a poem entitled "Old Glory" and gave a presentation on the colors in the American flag as well as the 13 folds of the American flag.

Meridian parent Josh Hayden, Petty Officer 2nd Class, a culinary specialist in the United States Navy, spoke in his daughter Ellie's third-grade classroom. He was able to share his experience in the Navy with Heidi Madsen's class.

The Jackson Township Community band performed several patriotic songs at the Van Buren Elementary Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12. [Order this photo]
Finally, Van Buren Elementary hosted a Veterans Day program Monday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m.

The Jackson Township band performed several patriotic songs, including one song that included the anthem of each branch of the military. When a Veteran's branch's anthem was played, they were asked to stand to be honored during that time.

Several students read poems and information about Veterans Day, and the entire student body honored the Veterans by singing a special song of thanks.

Approximately 50 Veterans, family members and community members were present at Van Buren's event.

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