Osborn Honors Our Veterans

By Jacqui Pollard

November 11, 2011

Osborn Honors Our Veterans

The fighting between the Allies and Germany ceased on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, which marked the end of World War I. Almost a century later, this day still holds a special place in the hearts of all Americans as we pay tribute to all men and women who have served our nation. To honor our veterans, Osborn Elementary School held a Veterans Day assembly this morning.

The assembly was short in time, but the impact of their program will stay with its attendants long past the confines of the gymnasium. Many members of the community were present for the assembly. As the students began to file in and take their seats, the choir members sat on the risers patiently awaiting their premiere. The room came to a hush as two students took the microphone to welcome the attendants and ask everyone to rise for the Pledge of Allegiance.

After the Pledge, the choir took their places and sang our National Anthem. The assembly went on to feature students from various grades at Osborn - some reading Veterans Day poems, others singing catchy little tunes, while others simply thanked our veterans for the service they have provided our country. Before the closing song, the veterans of the audience were asked to rise as everyone showed their deepest appreciation.

The assembly closed with one final number from the choir. As they ended their piece, each member of the choir held up a sign above their head with the name of a veteran written on it. The emotion this aroused in the room was palpable. As I choked back my tears, I couldn't help but feel proud to be a part of this country where we are so thankful for all those who have fought for the freedoms we practice every single day.

As you go about this Veterans Day, take a moment to thank a veteran for all he or she has done for you and this nation.

"We must remember that many who served in our military never lived to be called veterans. We must remember many had their lives changed forever by experiences or the injuries of combat. All veterans are examples of service and citizenship for every American to remember and to follow."
-- President George W. Bush

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