Downtown School Honors Veterans with Celebration

November 10, 2016 – Downtown School’s students, staff and administration showed their gratitude for veterans by holding a special celebration in honor of Veteran’s Day.  Many local veterans were in attendance as the children showed their appreciation with singing, speeches and waving of flags.

The celebration started with a reception in the school’s cafeteria that featured coffee, muffins and pastries.  Everyone then gathered outside for the main assembly.  Principal Noreen Barthelmes welcomed the guests and expressed special appreciation towards the veterans that were present.

To start the celebration, the West High Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard presented the flags for the pledge of allegiance.  The first performance was given by Downtown’s Middle School Choir, as they sang an impressive version of “America, Of Thee I Sing.”  Next, four students from Downtown School shared their personal “Letters to Veterans” expressing the importance of veterans, the sacrifices they have made and why we celebrate Veteran’s Day.

Principal Barthelmes then introduced two special guest speakers representing the Wounded Heroes Fund, an organization that provides various levels of assistance to armed forces veterans.  The two gentlemen shared some stories of their service experiences and also gave a brief explanation about the organization and how it helps.  The assembly concluded with a passionate rendition of “God Bless America” sang/led by Janet Staat-Goedhart.

It was an honor to have several veterans in attendance, and our hope is that they felt especially loved and appreciated today.

Color Guard presents flags for pledge of allegiance.

Color Guard presents flags for pledge of allegiance.

Principal Noreen Barthelmes welcomes all attendees.

Principal Noreen Barthelmes welcomes all attendees.

Attendees enjoying the days assembly.

Attendees enjoying the days assembly.

Downtown's Middle School Choir performing "America, Of Thee I Sing."

Downtown’s Middle School Choir performing “America, Of Thee I Sing.”

Student reads her "Letter to Veterans."

Student reads her “Letter to Veterans.”

Downtown's 2nd graders perform and "Armed Forces Medley."

Downtown’s 2nd graders perform an “Armed Forces Medley.”

Veterans stand in recognition of their service.

Veterans stand in recognition of their service.

Reception held in the cafeteria before the assembly.

Reception held in the cafeteria before the assembly.

 

 

 

 

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