Duncanville ISD Veterans Day Events

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Gratitude and recognition for their service and sacrifice – these are the values students learned during recent events honoring America’s veterans.  Many schools celebrated Veterans Day two days early, on Friday, November 9, by inviting current service men and women and veterans of our nation’s military branches into their classrooms.  Below are some of the featured 2012 Veterans Day events for Duncanville ISD.

Smith Elementary
Smith Elementary students had the chance to interact with veterans, asking questions about their experiences and thanking them for their service to our country in a special Veteran’s Day assembly on Friday, November 9.  The names of over 50 veterans were read aloud in a roll call to honor their service.  Students led the assembly with pledges to both the US and Texas flags.  Attendees enjoyed moving performances, as students sang the nation anthem and other patriotic songs, including a special tribute by second grade students called “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”  In attendance were US Army Staff Sergeant Amanda Martinez and Marcus Buchannon of the US Navy, as well as US Marine Corps veteran Sergeant Grover Livingston.  Also in attendance was Purple Heart recipient and former  sergeant Harvey Webb, who served in the Army from 1939-1945.  Mr. Webb showed students his service medals, explaining the significance of each. The students asked him many questions as he shared stories and photographs of his experiences in World War II.

Alexander Elementary
Alexander Elementary students showed their thanks to veterans by making gifts of gratitude.  Students in Anna Lujan’s first grade class learned about the tradition of selling poppies on Veterans Day to raise money for the widows and orphans of World War I, from the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.  His lines speak of the thousands of red poppies that grow on World War I battle sites in Europe, where countless soldiers were laid to rest.  Classmates helped each other master the tricky art of crafting paper poppies, and then placed them all in a vase.  They presented this, along with a medal they made, to Alexander kindergarten teacher and Army veteran Jon Thomas and his sister Sarah Turley, who is currently serving in the United States Air Force.  The students thanked both of them for their bravery and service to our country.