|Lincolnview Schools to honor veterans Nov. 8|
|Monday, October 28, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY LINDSAY MCCOY
MIDDLE POINT — Three years ago, Program Coordinator Stephanie Renner realized that Lincolnview had nothing in place to honor its veterans, a notion that bothered the local teacher.
“Something needed to be done,” said Renner. “We established the Veteran’s Day Program, and we have been doing it ever since.”
To show pride in local veterans, Lincolnview will be hosting the third annual Veteran’s Day Celebration and Memorial Program at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the high school gymnasium. This celebration will focus on veterans both past and present, and students and staff have been encouraged to bring a veteran to be honored at the ceremony or to submit the name of a person who has been lost to be honored during the memorial portion of the program.
This year’s celebration will be held a bit differently than in the past, being held in the afternoon instead of in the morning. This allows for veterans and families to travel into town as well as to take their children and grandchildren home after school.
A lot of planning has already gone into making this special day possible, and Renner has even made the celebration a part of her students’ curriculum. Each of her students has written an essay pertaining to veterans, and one lucky student will be chosen to have his or her essay read at the day’s program.
“We are hoping for a good turn out this year,” noted Renner. “We also want to invite those in the community who have served our country but may not have a student attending Lincolnview.”
Last year’s performance saw numbers double from the first year’s event, but Renner is still unsure as to how many will be in attendance this year as forms continue to pile in from students and staff.
Those in attendance will be honored for their service, and a memorial portion of the program will honor all those who served who have passed on. A lot of little things have also been added to this year’s program including third graders singing the National Anthem, a video presentation, a moment of silence and the playing of Taps. A reception will also be held at the end of the ceremony with cookies and punch.
“I am very excited for this year’s event,” remarked Renner. “This event doesn’t necessarily cost a lot of money but is from the heart. I am very lucky to have an administration that allows me to put together this special event.”