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Martin Elementary School holds Veterans Day program

Martin Elementary School holds Veterans Day program

Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:09 am

Martin Elementary School holds Veterans Day program

Rachel Whiteman reciting her poem
A grand display of flags opened Martin Elementary School’s Veteran’s Day program Nov. 11. Mrs. Nancy McKenzie provided 16 American, Tennessee and Service flags which students paraded around the Multi-purpose room. Martin Elementary students were privileged to have Col. Richard Sutton Jr. as guest speaker. Col. Sutton has served 35 years in the U.S. Army and has the distinction of being the oldest active Army officer. The one-time Martin resident now works in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He is the grandfather of MES students James and Lydia Pritchett. Mrs. Teresa Jackson, MES principal, welcomed guests with a tribute to American freedom. Mrs. Beth Kempton, Weakley County School nurse supervisor and a veteran of both the Army and Navy, gave an official greeting that emphasized the importance of honoring our veterans. She invited the 60 guest veterans to introduce themselves to the audience. The students showed their appreciation with enthusiastic applause. The program’s theme was “America the Beautiful.” All fifth-graders presented a choral reading of the Preamble to the Constitution, which echoed through the room, explaining each phrase of the Preamble. Fifth-grade students then presented original poetry, short paragraphs and simple statements that expressed the young Americans’ idea of what makes America so special. Col. Sutton connected love of country and lifestyle to a pride that encourages service. The extraordinary men and women who choose military service sacrifice above and beyond to insure that our American values are protected. Col. Sutton brought along his good friend, and Army bear, who sang Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” Sgt. Michael Yandell also provided patriotic selections on the piano during the program. In closing, Mrs. Donna Wright, director of the Before After School Program, gave a heart-felt tribute to the nine members of her family who served our country. In a moment of remembrance, fifth-grader Rachel Whiteman recited her original poem: America the Beautiful America the Free America the Beautiful Please forgive me For being harsh and unfair, America the Beautiful Please forgive me …forgive me. wcp 12-11-08

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