Students observe Veterans Day with music
Posted by : November 14, 2013| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Third, fourth and fifth grade students from Tool Elementary honored local veterans with a special musical program Nov. 8. Under the direction of music instructor Linda Twyman, the students presented a number of heart-warming patriotic songs, speeches and made a special presentation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4376.
On behalf of all the upper class students, Chance Hodge, Matthew Stearman and Curtis Jonas gave the VFW Post Commander a giant American Flag made by them out of chain links of construction paper. Post Cmdr. Sam Burgess said he knew just the wall at the post to hang it on and thanked them for the gift which he could see came straight from their hearts.
Local veterans were especially invited and were recognized for their service, including Tool resident Garrett Engle, who had served in Iraq on five tours of duty and his parents Louann (with 13 years of Army service) and Tom Engle, a carrier Army serviceman.
There was also the husband of a Tool Elementary teacher, Katrina Mondragon. Her husband, Aaron Mondragon served in Iraq in 2004 and was present in uniform for the ceremony, which included the lighting of a memorial candle near the close. Some of the songs presented included, God Bless The U.S.A and My Name is America, Don’t Tread On Me.
Burgess noted the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accord, which ended the Vietnam War. America’s involvement there was from 1959 to 1975. “If you meet a Vietnam Vet, say ‘Thank you hero. God bless you for wearing the uniform of the greatest county on the face of the earth,’” he said.