Honoring Our Veterans
Each year, PV Elementary’s fifth and sixth grade classes learn the Military Medley to sing to our grandparents as part of our Grandparents Day program. When the grandparents hear their branch of the service song, they stand and everyone in the auditorium applauds. At the end of this song, I ask the veterans to come forward and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and God Bless America. It’s a very emotional part of our program.
Two years ago, after returning from a trip to Washington DC, our students sang for the World War II veterans at the airport. The students knew the songs that the military band was playing, so they joined in. It was emotional time for parents and veterans, and an experience that filled me with grade pride for our students.
After that experience, the students said they were sad that they did not get to shake the veterans hands and thank them like we did that day. So they asked if they could shake the Veteran’s hands and say thank you to each one of them at Grandparents Day. Now, each year, I ask the veterans to come off the stage and line the aisle so each fifth and sixth grade student can thank them for giving us the gift of freedom.
I hear so many positive comments about this part of our program. The grandparents are so appreciative that we are teaching their grandchildren respect for our country and the men and women who have given their lives so we can live as we do.