The Edmond Sun

Education

November 12, 2012

Northern Hills Elementary students honor veterans

Streamers waving, children singing celebrate deeds of visitors

EDMOND — More than 680 elementary students filled the cafetorium at Northern Hills Elementary Monday dressed in red, white and blue and waving streamers at their guests for the day during their Veterans Day program.

The students were honoring almost 50 veterans from World War II to the present as they sang, “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Yankee Doodle Boy,” “This is America” and “I’m Proud to be an American.”  

North High School’s JROTC presented the colors and led the students in the flag salute and the salute to the flag of Oklahoma.

As Principal Suzy Armishaw introduced the military branches, the students waved their streamers while the song for each branch was played.

The students were introduced to veterans including 91-year-old Jerry Brown who served with the Women’s Army Air Corps during World War II. Brown, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, not only substitutes at Northern Hills almost daily, but she also finds time to be a volunteer at a local hospital.

Students watched as “Thank a Soldier” was played. The video clip was created by Pam Merrill, the district’s Social Studies Content Specialist.

“Every year we commemorate Veterans’ Day at all the sites, and we value the contributions of our veterans,” Merrill said. “It was a way to give something new to the teachers to use with their students.”

As Armishaw thanked the veterans for coming to the second Veterans’ Day program, she told the group she looked forward to honoring even more veterans at the program next year.

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