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Veterans’ Day 2015

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565f0f4e584cf Branston Adams presenting the colors.

Branston Adams presenting the colors.

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565f0f4e584cf 7th – 12th grade band playing the National Anthem.

7th – 12th grade band playing the National Anthem.

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565f0f4e584cf Sadie Bow playing “Amazing Grace” on the violin.

Sadie Bow playing “Amazing Grace” on the violin.

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565f0f4e584cf PK – 1st graders singing.

PK – 1st graders singing.

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565f0f4e584cf Jacob Alaniz and Zaida Cisneros singing.

Jacob Alaniz and Zaida Cisneros singing.

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565f0f4e584cf T.S. Bow portraying a Prisoner of War.

T.S. Bow portraying a Prisoner of War.

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565f0f4e584cf Sydni Middleton narrating the 6th grade skit.

Sydni Middleton narrating the 6th grade skit.

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565f0f4e584cf Rachael Rahlfs playing Taps.

Rachael Rahlfs playing Taps.

Happy ISD took a few minutes from a busy month to honor Veterans from Happy and surrounding areas.  All elementary students, the High School band, FFA members, and student council members participated in the moving program, designed to honor Veterans and educate students on the sacrifice of service that allows us the freedom to live, learn and work in the United States of America.  The program began with the presentation of the flags and the National Anthem.  Students learned to stand as the flag passes by them and to remain standing until the colors were posted. 

The PK through 4th grade elementary students sang patriotic selections, while the 5th graders recited a patriotic poem.  The sixth grade students acted out an excerpt from the book, I’m No Hero, by Charlie Plumb.  They were awed to know that a prisoner of war memorized the names, addresses and phone numbers of more than 200 fellow POWs and traveled to see their families when he was released as a public relations gesture.  They were humbled to learn of the trials suffered by the POWs and the everyday heroes who fought for our freedom. 

The junior high and high school students used several mediums to honor the Veterans.  The band played the “National Anthem” and the “Armed Service March”.  Sadie Bow played “Amazing Grace” on the fiddle and Rachael Rahlfs ended the program with a crowd-silencing rendition of “Taps.”  Several Student Council members read poetry, spoke from the heart, and presented a Power Point of Veterans and soldiers from Happy.   Wade Wesley, school superintendent, closed the program with remarks thanking the Veterans for their service, their example, and the honor they bring to our nation. 

Following the program, Veterans attended a reception and had an opportunity to view the posters created by the 4th, 5th and 6th graders to honor them.  The winners of the poster contest were Halee Johnson, 5th grader, Landon Flowers, 5th grader, and Stevie Box, 6th grader. 

Happy ISD honors those who served so that we have the freedom to live, work and learn in Happy, TX.

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