More than 200 people braved the unseasonably cold weather the afternoon of November 11, Veterans Day, to pack the Centralia Intermediate School gymnatorium.
They were there for the 11th annual CIS Old Glory Veterans Day program.
While the 11th anniversary of something not usually remarked, this one was.
CIS Principal Jason Lee explained to the audience how 11 years ago the district had opened CIS with him as principal.
One part of his plans for the new building was a new Veterans Day program that would stand out from the rest.
For that, he said, he chose, his then fifth-grade social studies teacher, Kelly Dickerson.
The November 11, 2019 program was to be her last, Lee told the audience. He said Dickerson would be retiring soon and Beck Balsamo would be taking over the reins of the program.
The program, involving essay writing, letter writing and students reaching out to present area veterans with a framed flag bearing each student’s answer to the question, “What does freedom mean?” has turned into a self-funded juggernaut of student patriotism, under Dickerson’s guidance, and Lee said Balsamo was furiously taking note this year in order to fill Dickerson’s shoes.
This year the students presented 107 flags to veterans.
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.