Each school year Grissom students get a chance to learn about our nation’s wars and the history behind them in Social Studies class. Students also get a chance to discuss the sacrifices made by the American soldiers who fought in those wars and how those sacrifices have shaped our country and our lives.
On Veteran’s Day, the eighth grade students had a chance to take class learning a step further by hosting the annual Veteran’s Day celebration. The celebration was a way of not just learning history first hand, but a chance to say thank you by meeting and honoring veterans in person.
The ceremony started with a procession of veterans who were ushered in with the orchestra playing “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. The procession was led by two World War II veterans followed by service men and women who have served in different wars including more recently Afghanistan and Iraq.
Grissom Assistant to the Principal Chris Grossnickle escorts her father, one of two World War II veterans honored.
The celebration continued with more music provided by Grissom’s band and choir and thank-you essays by eighth graders that focused on the importance of sacrifices by veterans. Students then introduced their family or friend veteran and presented them with a flower.
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was also on hand as the honored guest speaker.
The celebration came to a conclusion with the playing of “Taps” by Ethan Wiseman as the veterans quietly filed out of the cafeteria followed by guests. Student Council officers then retired the colors.