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ANWSU Brings Veteran’s Day Program To All Students

Tuesday November 19, 2013

When November 11th dawned cold and clear, people across the state made plans to honor, celebrate and remember the service of veterans both past and those presently serving their country. All students grades K-12 in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union (ANWSU) took time from their school day to attend full school assemblies featuring readings, vocal performances and videos related to the theme of freedom, service, and the flag. Student led programs were presented at the three elementary schools that addressed the questions of What is freedom? What are the roles of veterans in our society? What ways can teenagers serve in their own communities? And What do we have to be thankful for?
At VUHS students read aloud from letters home written by soldiers in the Civil War, World War One, World War Two, Korea, Vietnam and a soldier currently serving in Afghanistan. Also included with the solemn nature of the readings senior Alix Kauffman sang the piece The Prayer, which is a mother’s wish to keep her child safe from harm and hopes those guarding her in the night will reach her in time.  At VUES, over twenty veterans spanning involvement from World War Two to those currently serving were escorted in by Student Council members, introduced and honored. During the thirty minute presentation students participated in the reading and listening to poetry connected to the waving of the American flag, the meaning of service and why freedom is not free. VUHS junior Joey Tatlock joined Alix Kauffman in performing and the event ended with a listing of ways all of us can honor the freedoms we have and enjoy every day.
At days end VUHS students Stephanie Anderson, Julie Grace, Emily Martin, Alyse Beauchemin, Joey Tatlock and Alix Kauffman had spoken to six hundred children and shared a message of thanks, freedom and the responsibilities that come to each generation. Perhaps the most poignant example of the sharing came at one school when a young boy leaped to his feet and remarked, “My grandpa was a soldier and he loves the flag.” Turning one last time to the assembled veterans, the students put their hands in the shape of a heart and said simply, “Thank you.”
Gathered to honor and remember ANWSU continues a long standing tradition of reminding all of us to remember that freedom is a gift and one protected each day and night by those who serve, silently standing guard and protecting.

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