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Hickory Elementary School holds program for veterans

Students honor local veterans with patriotic songs, family photos

December 02, 2012
  • Area veterans and men and women serving in the armed forces were recognized by Hickory Elementary School students during the school's fifth annual Veterans Day program.
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Students at Hickory Elementary School performed a musical tribute to veterans Nov. 7, under the direction of Christa Stout, music teacher. 

Guests were welcomed by Monica Bowers, principal at Hickory.  

A photo presentation opened the evening as guests were seated. 

The presentation included pictures of veterans who are family members of the Hickory Elementary School staff.  

Students invited family members, friends and neighbors who are veterans to be guests of honor for the evening. 

The Hagerstown Civil Air Patrol presented the colors and served as the honor guard for the evening. This is the fifth year they have participated in the program, under the leadership of Meredith Phares. 

The students, who were dressed in red, white and blue, led the Pledge of Allegiance and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  

The students sang the anthems of all five branches of the military. Students wore costumes to represent each branch. 

Jakob Kitchen and Caden Ringler represented the Army; Danielle Hughes and Samuel Kline represented the Marine Corps; John Hubbard and Torieana Sumlin represented the Navy; the Coast Guard was represented by Logan Adkins and Elijah Carey; and marching for the Air Force were Stefan Cebotari and Kensley Shoemaker.

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Students narrated the program, which gave the history of Veterans Day.

A video presentation depicting scenes of our military serving at home and abroad was displayed during the songs “We Are Proud of Our Veterans” and “A Song of Peace.”

The soloists for the two songs were Efrain Santiago, Sarah Dawson, Angelynn Garrett  and Corrine Carrazco.  

Madelyn Carr and Hannah Danner signed the lyrics to “A Song of Peace.” 

Much to the delight of the audience, fourth- and fifth-grade girls sang and danced to “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

All veterans in attendance were the honorary guests for the evening and were recognized on stage according to the years or conflicts during which they served.

Veterans representing current duty all the way back to World War II were in attendance.

Students presented each veteran with a certificate of thanks. 

Tate Hopkins, an eighth-grader at Springfield Middle School and a former Hickory student, performed taps on the trumpet as a moment of silence was observed to remember fallen veterans.

Special remarks were made by Maj. Gen. Butch Tate, deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Army. 

Tate, who is the brother of Jerri McNew, a teacher at Hickory, spoke to the students and the audience, reminding them that there are many ways in which to thank veterans. 

A wall of honor was displayed in the school gymnasium honoring the approximately 90 veterans, who are family members of both staff and students. Each name was represented on a red, white and blue ribbon.

The students concluded the program with a flag- waving medley of “You’re A Grand Old Flag” and “America the Beautiful.”

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