“A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”
– President Abraham Lincoln
The Cherry Creek School District will welcome a Medal of Honor recipient and hundreds of other heroes to its schools during the district’s 3rd Annual Veterans Week, Nov. 11-15. Students, staff and community members will honor our nation’s veterans and active duty servicemen and women with parades, patriotic programs and heartfelt words of thanks. Veterans and active duty military personnel are cordially invited to attend the events and activities being hosted by every school in the district.
“What better way to teach our students about our history and our heroes than by bringing some of them into our schools and giving students the opportunity to meet them in person and learn first-hand about their service and sacrifice,” said Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “We want our students to understand that the freedoms they enjoy every day were made possible by the men and women who have served, and continue to serve.”
On Nov. 8, Overland High School will welcome Medal of Honor recipient Peter Lemon to a Veterans Day Assembly. The theme of the assembly is "There's a Hero in All of Us" based on Mr. Lemon's presentation. On Nov. 11, students from West Middle School will honor veterans with a flag gauntlet outside their school, Pine Ridge Elementary will host a parade and patriotic program, and students at Sky Vista Middle School will stage a Veterans Day Living Museum, featuring veterans and active duty military members from the students’ families or neighborhoods. That evening, students from Grandview High School will deliver goodie bags and thanks to injured servicemen and women at the Veterans Administration Hospital.Get a complete list of 2013 Veterans Week events here.
Lessons about Veterans Day have been incorporated into many different classes, including English, history, social studies and civics. Students have the opportunity to share what they have learned by entering their own writing, poem, artwork or music in the Cherry Creek Schools Veterans Week Tribute Contest. A panel of veterans and community members will select winners from the finalists submitted by each school.
Last year, more than 2,000 veterans, active duty servicemen and women, and other community members visited a Cherry Creek school during Veterans Week.Posted October 31, 2013.