NEW HAVEN — New Haven Elementary School and Choir saluted veterans Thursday with a dinner and program, but the vets reciprocated the gesture by teaching a lesson to them, as well.
Following a free spaghetti dinner provided by the school, veterans were ushered into the gymnasium for a choir show under the direction of Kimberly Bond.
Four songs, along with the national anthem were performed by the group, with one featuring Amber Wolfe as soloist. A rousing rendition of “God Bless America” finished out the program with the choir members each waving a small American flag.
Students speaking at the event were Rose Brown, Mackenzie Kearns, Makailyn Cavender, Morgan Young, Alivia Layne, Mikie Lieving, Quinel Jones, Sadie Jividen, Chloe Robertson, Kelsyn Spencer, and Amber Wolfe.
A special slide show was presented, which showed the veterans in attendance as they looked when serving our country. Principal Stacy Bissell recognized each veteran, who stood and earned a round of applause from the crowd.
Members of the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven and Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason performed the flag folding ceremony, telling what each of the 13 folds signifies. The groups join to hold a program at the school each year.
Legion auxiliary members announced the winners of a Veterans Day essay contest, with the winners reading their selections. Zaylee Wood was the essay award recipient for fourth grade, Kayden Gibbs for fifth grade, and Andy Warth for sixth grade.
Following the program, the school P.T.I. held a reception in the cafeteria. Those attending had the opportunity to talk with the veterans while enjoying cake and drinks.
(Editor’s note: More photos from area events celebrating local veterans, including programs at Point Pleasant Primary School, Beale Elemetnary and the AMVETS Veterans Day Parade in Point Pleasant, appear inside this edition.)
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.