Veterans honored at Grace Community fourth-grade program

Published on Tuesday, 5 November 2013 19:02 - Written by EMILY GUEVARA eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Grace Community Elementary School honored veterans and military members with a program on Tuesday.

This is the 15th year for Grace to play host to the veterans and military personnel. Each year a fourth-grade class presents a patriotic program and this year it was Judy Miller’s class.

“This is an opportunity that we use to help our students understand the service and sacrifice of our military and also to give them and ourselves an opportunity to express appreciation to our veterans,” Grace Community School Director of Admissions Jo Ann Krafft said.

The students dressed up as different patriotic characters including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry and Abraham Lincoln.

They shared information about the meaning of the U.S. flag’s colors and they sang patriotic songs.

The school recognized the military members and veterans by playing songs from each of the five military branches and having them stand when appropriate.

In addition, they recognized those who had received various military awards and decorations.

Students also had the opportunity to see a table set up by the Korean War Veterans of East Texas in tribute and honor of all prisoners of war, along with those military members missing in action and killed in action.

After the program, the students joined the veterans for refreshments where they heard from several who shared stories, pictures and objects from their military experiences.

“It was very well received,” Ms. Krafft said of the program. “Our veterans are so appreciative that we are instilling in our students a recognition and appreciation for the sacrifices that our military has made and are making.”