CINCINNATI, Ohio – The venue was not familiar for this year’s 2nd Grade Veteran’s Day program, but the enthusiasm and emotion was just as powerful, as Amity Elementary students hosted the annual event to honor local veterans last Friday inside the new gymnasium.
Previously held at Holmes Elementary, the Veteran’s Day program began as a small event inside of a classroom, but has since evolved into one of the marquee events on the Deer Park calendar.
More than 150 people and 20 veterans attended the event, which featured songs and readings from the 2nd grade class, as well as a ceremonial folding of the flag, which this year was presented to Board of Education member Paul Godwin, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969-73.
The 2nd grade class prepares for the event by learning about all the branches of the military, as well as what it means to be a veteran. The veterans in attendance each introduced themselves before being presented with artwork from the students.
The program includes one poignant moment after another, including an explanation of the Missing Man Table—which honors fallen, missing or imprisoned military service member—as well as the flag folding ceremony, and a rendition of the United States Armed Forces Medley, during which all veterans stand during their respective verses.
Deer Park is honored to host such a powerful event, proud of our 2nd graders and teachers for the hard work put into the program each year. We are thankful to all the members of our armed forces, both domestic and abroad for all of their sacrifice in support of our country.