Downtown School Celebrates America’s Veterans

November 16, 2017 – Downtown School honored the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces during a Veterans Day Celebration with students, families, and special guests, including Veterans who are members of the Armed Forces Support Riders Foundation. “Your contributions to our country are the highest form of selflessness,” said Principal Noreen Barthelmes during her welcome.

The celebration included the presentation of the flags by the Bakersfield High School Air Force ROTC. There were also plenty of performances by Downtown students such as the Middle School Choir, 3rd-5th Grade Dance Troupe, and the 2nd Grade Marchers.

Students, school staff, and families acknowledged and thanked our Veterans. “I am thankful because our Veterans sacrificed their lives for me and you by serving in the United States Armed Forces,” said Lillian Stevens, 2nd Grade Student.

Eighth Grade Student, Clara Doll, spoke of the importance to commemorate our Veterans. “We can reflect on the fact that this wonderful country we live in is only possible because of the sacrifice of countless brave Americans,” she said.

The Bakersfield City School District thanks all Veterans for their service. For a video of the Downtown event, click here:

Members of the Armed Forces Support Riders Foundation.

The Downtown Middle School Choir.

Salute to Veterans by the 2nd Grade Marchers.

Ben Patten, President of the Armed Forces Support Riders Foundation.

George Lara, Air Force Veteran.

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