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.
At Chapin Elementary, students sang patriotic songs and danced during an assembly in front of community members and veterans. After the performance, veterans and their families were treated to a reception to honor their service. As they walked to the cafeteria, students waved flags and saluted them.
“We live in the greatest country in the world,” said Chapin Elementary Principal Jess Hutchinson. “I think we are doing a good thing by helping these young people learn an appreciation for the sacrifices veterans make and have made to keep everyone safe.”
At Irmo Middle, a few dozen veterans enjoyed breakfast at the school before participating in a school assembly in their honor. Principal Cassy Paschal said the school's observance is important, not only for the veterans who served but also for students.
"It's important that we make a big deal out of this so that our students can recognize and understand the contributions of veterans they see in their community each day. I was proud to honor our veterans, but I was also proud of our students who were all so respectful and listened careful to us tell them about the significance of Veterans Day," Paschal said.
At Irmo High, the visual and performing arts students along with the ROTC presented a program for veterans. The program included the singing of the national anthem, a rife presentation, a dance performance as well as performances from the orchestra and band.
“School District Five is proud to honor the many men and women who serve our country,” School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton said during a ceremony at the district office. “These observances teach our students about patriotism and offers them the chance to show their appreciation to our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our freedom.”