I had this idea to create a bulletin board to say thank you to our veterans. So I sent a letter home with each student in the school and some turkey feathers. The students filled out a turkey feather with the name of a veteran in their family and returned it to school. Here's some pictures of our bulletin board. I thought it turned out awesome!
During the program, one of the 5th grade students did an amazing job at singing the national anthem. A 4th grade student read this poem; she didn't write it, but I don't remember the author's name.
It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given you freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given you freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given you freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the protester, who has given you freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given you the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given you the right to vote.
It is the veteran, who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag, whose coffin is draped by the Flag.
And if all of this plus more speeches didn't get your emotions stirring, all 450 something of our students sang a song called "Thank You Soldiers", this song will. We had been practicing for the last week and a half every chance we could K-5th to learn this song and the motions that go with it. I don't have a video of our students signing, but here's the song from YouTube. And trust me, with 450 something children voices singing this song out, it was very touching this morning.