7th Annual Veterans Day Assembly

7th Annual Veterans Day Assembly
Posted on 11/16/2017
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On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Salem Washington Academy hosted its seventh annual Take a Veteran to School Day Assembly.

The veterans in attendance were treated to coffee and refreshments in the cafeteria before the assembly. Each veteran was presented with a hand-made poppy.They were greeted at the doors and escorted to the cafeteria by the seventh-grade students.
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After a warm welcome to all the audience by K-6 principal Sharon Varney, the veterans were brought into the assembly. Leading the procession was Ethan Drinkwine, playing a drum cadence for the veterans. Next were the members of Boy Scout Troop 61: Tyler Lathrop, Colt Lathrop, Lucas Martindale, John Bink, Kyle Bink, Michael Riche and Aidan Lathrop. Members of the Patriot Guard were in attendance to honor the veterans. The veterans then entered to a standing ovation by the entire assembled crowd. The Boy Scouts led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, and the junior/senior high chorus sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
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The Grade 4-6chorus sang “Will You Be Here This December?” Members of the Student Board, Keenan Fronhofer, Lily Gallagher, Brady Nichols, Tyler Lathrop and Alyssa Loveland, spoke on the five branches of the armed forces. Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 3061 and Brownie Troop # 3159, Tateeanna Barker-Pinkerton, Isabella Becera-Eastman, Alyssa Groesbeck, Ava Hammond, Magnolia Hoge, Kennedy Jackson, Reagan Jackson, Cheyenne McKeighan, Eden Patrick, Elena Quartararo, Kaleigh Schwab, Nicole Snow, Mya Winslow, Kiara Ayers, Renee Cary, Anna Foster, Cahill Garrison, Annabelle Haight, Carter Jackson, Shayne Pirlot, Paige Sartell, Payton Sartell, Madison Snow, Sylvia Stewart, and Ellie Williams, presented a choral reading of “Veterans’ Day”. k

The featured guest speaker was Sue Phillips Magaletta, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), a 1989 graduate of Salem Washington Academy. She spoke of women in the armed forces. A special thank was given to the Ridler family for donating a button maker in honoR of Gene Sherman, a World War II veteran. Many students wore buttons displaying pictures of veterans in their families. Dr. David Glover, the superintendent of Salem Washington Academy, gave the closing remarks.
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Each veteran was introduced by name and his/her branch of service by Jared Davis, junior/senior high school principal. The members of the Cool to 2 Be Kind Club presented each veteran with a gift bag. We were honored to have 55 veterans and 8 members of the Patriot Guard in attendance. The junior/senior high school band performed “Veterans’ Salute”, featuring songs from all the branches of the armed forces. Tessa Georgeson introduced each branch. At the end of the assembly, the veterans were escorted from the gym by Ethan Drinkwine’s drum cadence.
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Following the ceremony, students were able to meet in small groups with veterans to learn about their personal service and to ask questions about their experiences. A special thank you is extended to Andy Erbe, Gary Slater, Michael Dashnaw, Jason Pollock, Peter Thomas, Bryan Crosier, Jean Kratzer and Sue Magaletta for speaking with students. sdfgh To see more photos visit our Facebook Page!
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