The Edmond Sun

November 11, 2013

Students salute veterans

Heather Moery
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Students and teachers from Ida Freeman Elementary School in Edmond celebrated Veteran’s Day with a special assembly in honor of veterans and their service. Most Edmond schools honored veterans during school assembly times.

The Ida Freeman students gave special presentations for veterans in attendance Monday morning, including a solo of “You’re A Grand Old Flag” by third grader Raegan Wheeler, a fourth grade presentation of the song “American Tears” and a fifth grade recital, which thanked the veterans for their service and for keeping the United States the “land of the free and home of the brave.”

The entire school also recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Oklahoma pledge, as well as sang the national anthem and “God Bless The USA” by Lee Greenwood. After the students sang “God Bless The USA,” veterans stood up and gave the students a standing ovation.

Jerry “Blu” Cobb, a Navy and Air Force veteran at the assembly, said it was amazing to see that many young people be so patriotic.

“I think it is fabulous when we have a school teaching these young people about service and about freedom and patriotism in this country,” Cobb said. “It’s incredible.”

Motorcycle clubs from the Patriot Guard Riders, Guard Dogs, Territorial Riders and Christian Motorcycle Associates, which include veteran members, paraded their motorcycles onto the school campus to kick off the assembly.

The colors were presented by cadets from the Edmond North High School Air Force Junior ROTC.