Beverly-Center students honor veterans at assembly
Beverly-Center students honored veterans at the school’s annual Veterans Day assembly held November 8.
The program began with the call ‘To the Colors’, which is, according to the Army bands website, ” a bugle call to render honors to the nation. It is used when no band is available to render honors, or in ceremonies requiring honors to the nation more than once.’ To the Color’ commands all the same courtesies as the National Anthem.” During the playing, quiet and respect is appreciated from non-military people who honor the flag and nation by placing their hand over their heart. Those in uniform give the proper flag salute. Master of Ceremonies Steve Wainwright commended students on their patriotic behavior and encouraged them to continue to remind the adults in their lives to show the respect for the flag they have learned in school.
Fifth grade students, under the direction of 5th grade teachers Jennifer Young and Jessa Ott, presented a program about the “Star Spangled Banner”, our National Anthem Written by Francis Scott Key following the British attack on Fort McHenry, the poem has four verses, only one of which is well-known today. A local Baltimore printer gave the poem the title “The Defence of Fort McHenry” and its message spread. In September, 1918, a U.S. band began playing the salute as a song at the World Series. Players joined in the salute and soon the fans joined as well. It wasn’t until 1931 that Congress declared “The Star Spangled Banner” to be our national anthem.
The fifth graders continued by singing the song “Thank a Vet”, then holding a candle ceremony, honoring the freedoms we have and those who brought them to us. Included were the freedom to worship, the right to an education, the freedom of speech, and the right to assemble; thanks to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, American Legion and VFW, and National and Coast Guard; remembrance of American Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action; appreciation of Veterans in the audience; and in honor of those still serving around the world.
Members of the Beverly Legion Post 389 and Sons of the Legion present for the program were Debbie Miller, Steve Wainwright, Dick Smith, Tom Leech, Roger Doak, Scott McCleod, Tom Stan, and Randy Trotter. Representing the Legion Auxiliary were Sue Trotter, LeeAnn Stan, Jean Chapman, and Marilyn Leech. Also participating in the program were members of the Beverly Lions Club, represented by Kay Shreve, LeeAnn Stan, Linda Schaad, Pete Kegley, Deb Patrick, and Debbie Miller.
Following the program, teachers were presented with apples and pocket calendars by the Lions in recognition of National Education Week and all students received a patriotic pencil.
Tonight the Beverly-Waterford community welcomes the holidays with their annual Christmas Parade. Sponsored by the Muskingum Valley Beverly Waterford Chamber of Commerce, the parade forms at Waterford High School at 4:30 and steps off at 5:30. It proceeds through both communities, ending at Dodge Park In Beverly with the park lighting ceremony. Following the lighting there will be music by the Beverly United Methodist Church children’s bell choir and hot chocolate and cookies served by the Beverly Lions Club. Be sure to have a picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well. Come celebrate the start of the holiday season in Beverly!