Local Veterans were honored by Hallsville R-V students district-wide at the school and community Veterans Day Assembly on Monday.
Veterans were greeted and served breakfast at Hallsville Primary School by the HMS student leadership team. Breakfast was provided by OPAA and the Primary kitchen staff and paid for by HMS Student Leadership Team. Kindergarten and first graders sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag” directed by the district’s K-5 music teacher Chelsea Otten.
Veterans were then bused to main campus where students in grades 2-12 gathered to thank them for their service to our country. The HHS and HMS bands played music for those awaiting the program. FFA opened with the flag ceremony, and the high school choir sang the National Anthem.
Superintendent John Downs welcomed the veterans to our campus, thanking them for their service. HMS student Garrett Scheetz read aloud the poem “I Am a Veteran” by Andrea C. Brett. Sherri Briedwell announced the Veterans individually while members of the HHS Student Council presented a carnation for the recognition. 5th Grade teacher and veteran, Jessica Johnson, also recognized Briedwell’s father, Chief Master Sergeant Shrull, and his service. He attended all 18 years of our Veteran’s Day Assemblies and was a great supporter of his daughter. Ashlee Fuhrken, Class of ’91, offered words for our local heroes and spoke directly to our students of her own experience in the military.
The Intermediate Honor Choir closed out the ceremony with song just before Veterans were released to the hallway to shake hands with students who were anxious to greet them individually. Each veteran also received a hand-made gift created by the HHS Art Clubs and the October Calligraphy Tribe Time group.