Beverly-Center students learn about Veterans Day

Members of Russell Chadwick American Legion Post 389 visited students at Beverly-Center on Friday, November 9, to present their Veterans Day program. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

Led by Steve Wainwright, the program began with the presentation of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. Wainwright introduced the members of the Legion Post and Beverly Lions Club who were in attendance. Representing the Legion was Wainwright, Tom Leach, Randy Trotter, Tom Stan, Nial Willard, and Debbie Miller The Beverly Lions were represented by John and Kay Shreve, Sue Trotter, Tom and LeeAnn Stan, Linda Schaad, Marilyn Leach, Debbie Miller, and Pete Kegley.

Wainwright praised the students for the way they have continued to honor the flag during parades. As he usually leads the parade with the Legion color guard, he is uniquely positioned to notice how the students remember to remove their hats and place their hands over their hearts in respect, and how they often urge the adults with them to do the same thing. He encouraged students to enjoy their day off from school on Monday, but to remember the freedoms they are afforded through the efforts of the veterans they are honoring. Students were reminded not to take things for granted, as we have many freedoms that others do not because of the service of our veterans. Veterans present in the audience were recognized.

The program continued with a presentation by the fifth grade students under the direction of Mrs. Jennifer Doak, assisted by Ms. Jessa Ott and music teacher Miss Jessica Lipscomb. Students began by singing “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Groups of 5th graders then presented a short ‘lesson’ about the history each of the branch of the military, including their founding dates: Marines — 1775; Coast Guard — 1790; Army — 1775; Air Force — 1942; and Navy — 1775. The students urged everyone to pay respect to those who have served in times of war and peace.

They continued with a candle ceremony recognizing various branches of the military, our freedoms, and veterans. Candles were lit to honor our freedom to worship, the right to an education, freedom of speech, the right to assembly, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, National and Coast Guards, American prisoners of war, those still listed as missing in action, in appreciation of the veterans present, and in recognition of those continuing to serve around the world.

Other musical selections performed included ‘My Country ’tis of Thee’ and ‘America.’

Wainwright concluded the program by reminding the audience that while not everyone was in the military, many have served by ‘staying behind’ to work in factories and in other capacities such as teaching and family support.

Following the procession to retire the colors, the staff of Beverly-Center was presented apples and calendars in recognition of National Education Week and students were given pencils, from both the American Legion and the Beverly Lions Club.