Irmo, SC - Several schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five held assemblies, presentations and other observances in honor of Veterans Day.
The federal holiday to honor military veterans of the various armed services is observed on Nov. 11. November events at District Five schools ranged from breakfast for veterans to school assemblies this school year.
At Harbison West Elementary, students sang patriotic songs and veterans were invited to sign a poster that was displayed near the school’s entrance.
“We want our Harbison West Heroes to honor individuals who proudly serve our country,” Principal Ed Davis said. “It’s an annual event that all our students and staff look forward to each year.”
Students at Chapin Elementary also honored family and friends who served. Veterans and motorcyclists from American Legion Post 193 were greeted by students chanting “U-S-A.” The school event included a ceremony, performances by the Chapin Elementary School chorus, gifts for veterans and a display of patriotic artwork.
American Legion member Billy Wilson has been participating in the event since his wife, retired Seven Oaks Elementary and Chapin Elementary principal Harriet Wilson, started it eight years ago. He says the group wants students to learn what being an American is all about.
“Schools have a big role in teaching students how to be good people and good Americans,” he said. “It’s one thing to learn about wars and how we’ve become the country we are today. It’s another thing to see a veteran. That’s history you can hear, touch and feel. It’s a great event and important that we continue to have them in the schools.”
District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “We are proud to observe Veterans Day annually and honor the many men and women who served our country. These observances are important because they help teach our students about our nation’s history, the many sacrifices that have been made and what it means to serve. We salute veterans in District Five and nationwide.”