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Veterans' Week hosts events to challenge perceptions of student veterans

Veterans' Week hosts events to challenge perceptions of student veterans

A retired member of the Air Force smiles at a student after classmates sang "God Bless the U.S.A", during Sanchez Elementary School's Veterans Day celebration. Alexander Thompson and Emily Knitter, both non-traditional veteran students, coordinated the event. Col. Stephen M. Kravitsky will speak. Prior to the start of the assembly, veterans visited students in the classrooms for a quick Q&A session before heading to the gymnasium to be honored. "So, we appreciate their efforts in honoring the veterans". The ceremony includes the posting of colors by the University of Illinois ROTC; singing of the national anthem; a welcome by Parkland College President Tom Ramage; and the presentation of campus veterans/order of service by Tim Wendt, Parkland's director of enrollment services.

Activities kick off at 8:05 a.m.at Tatum Elementary School with a flag raising ceremony.

Students at Lakeland Elementary School spent Thursday morning honoring our Mid-South American heroes.

Though he did not serve in the military personally, he saw how the service of some family members included the whole family.

During the event, students from all grade levels performed songs such as "You're a Grand Old Flag", "Thank you, Solider" and "I love America" in front of attendees.

Irving Elementary School will host a Veterans Day assembly from 8:30-9:30 a.m., which will include music and a recognition of veterans in attendance.

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As a special treat, Courtney Gardner Billings, Bucktail High School alumna, will return to the stage as a veteran to entertain with a musical selection.

Thompson served in the army for seven years as a signal support system specialist.

Conley said she maintains the park as part of the town's senior citizen tax work-off program. For more information about the meal or the missions teams' 2018 agenda, call Thelma at 814-355-7134.

Free auto wash for veterans and military personnel from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m.at Westville vehicle Wash, 800 S. State St.to honor and recognize those that have and are serving.

OLIVIA- A Veterans Day program will be held Friday at BOLD High School beginning at 9:30 a.m.


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