A Veterans Day program was hosted by Wallins Elementary and sponsored by First Priority in Wallins gym on Tuesday. Veterans were honored with a luncheon and program prepared by the Harlan Honor Guard, Wallins Elementary and the First Priority club.
Penny Lee orchestrated the event. According to her there were 42 veterans being honored, along with wives and children. The veterans were treated to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. At 1 p.m. they were announced and seated for the program. Lee said they announce each veteran individually, so everyone in attendance would know which branch of the military they served and in what war they fought. Kindergarten through sixth-graders participated in the program. They sang songs and poems for the veterans while the Harlan Honor Guard spoke and presented.
Kindergartners led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Songs titled “Thank You Soldiers,” “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and “There’s a Hero” were sung by students in the first-, third- and fourth-grade classes. Poems were recited by the second-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes called “Willing to Fight,” “You Are a Hero” and “The Things that Make a Soldier.”
The Harlan Honor Guard did a presentation called “The Meaning of the Folding of the Flag.” Then Van Rodgers, of the Honor Guard, spoke to those in attendance about the freedoms veterans protect for all Americans.
Lee also said the Wallins and JACES band, led by Director Alex Britton, would be performing the Star Spangled Banner for the first time in the program’s five-year history. Lee said, “We do this because we love our veterans and we want them to know we love them.”
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