Donnelsville celebrated Veterans Day on November 13th this year due to water problems at the building. The great news is this did not stop the veterans from pouring into our building. Our activities included a breakfast for the veterans and the student(s) they represented. It was a neat time for the veterans to talk with one another and their children or grandchildren.
After the breakfast, there was a short program in the gym with all the veterans, students, and staff. Tecumseh High School ROTC presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Next, veterans were welcomed by branch of the military they served. After that the students sang two songs led by our music teacher Mrs. Enloe. Following the songs, seven 2nd and 3rd graders read compositions they wrote in honor of veterans.
Following the program, veterans were invited to the classrooms. Each year we ask for veteran volunteers to read a story, chosen by the teacher, to the students in each of our classrooms. This is a special experience for our students and guests, followed by sharing of stories, some tears, and questions asked by our curious students. We are so thankful for this time the veterans give us. Some of their stories bring back emotions that are hard for students to comprehend but share important lessons for our kids to learn.
Our community is filled with veterans. I am proud that our district honors these men and women that sacrifice so much for us all. By celebrating Veterans Day in the district we are showing our kids in TLS that we value sacrifice and hold these men and women in high esteem.
By Jay Burkholder