Veterans of Many Wars Honored by Area Students

Nov. 15, 2012 ~ Students of all ages participated in a number of events to honor area veterans. Flag-raising ceremonies, all-school assemblies, patriotic songs and introductions of veterans were among the observances.

Raising the flag at California Trail

California Trail Middle School held its second annual flag-raising ceremony on Nov. 9. Staff member Robert Finch (right), an Army veteran, and Enrique Colon-Aviles raised the American flag as staff member Stewart Alloway played “Taps.”

Photo by Marlene Colgan
Students received American flags

A student whose father served in the military came dressed for the occasion at California Trail. Students received a small U.S. flag to wave during the Veterans Day event. The Women’s Chorale sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before veterans were introduced by their student relatives.

Photo by Marlene Colgan
Boy Scouts presented the flags

Boy Scout Troop 3087 presented the flags for Cedar Creek Elementary’s Veterans Day tribute. A portion of the event honored Pfc. Cale Miller, a former Cedar Creek student, who died earlier this year while serving in Afghanistan. First-grade teacher Rebecca Downing’s father built a bench honoring Miller which will be placed in the school’s butterfly garden.

Photo by Marlene Colgan
Cedar Creek fourth-graders sang

Cedar Creek’s fourth-graders sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a song representing each branch of the military. Guest veterans stood when their branch of the service was mentioned.

Photo by Marlene Colgan
A Prairie Trail Middle School student sang a solo

A Prairie Trail Middle School soloist performed as part of the school’s joint Veterans Day celebration with Olathe Northwest High School. All Prairie Trail students visited Olathe Northwest for the event which included performances by several musical groups, presentation of the flags by the Prairie Trail Boy Scouts, recognition of veterans, and The Pledge of Allegiance.

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The men's chorus also sang

The Prairie Trail men’s chorus performed during an event at Olathe Northwest. Several students read poems or spoke about the history of Veterans Day, the significance of poppy flowers, etc. The event was capped off with everyone singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” thanks to its lyrics on a large screen.

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