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ELC students honor veterans at program

November 15, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor (dswartz@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central Demoney Elementary students held a Veterans Day program that included both educational aspects while paying tribute to visiting veterans last Friday.

The program culminated in a moving tribute by the fourth graders, who sang along with the song "God Bless The USA" while small groups were tasked with signing the words of the songs while others moved flags and ribbons in an intricate pattern.

Prior to the program, students who had family members who were veterans were invited to eat lunch together.

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Students in grades pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and visitors then packed the gym for the 40-minute program.

It began with the Pledge of Allegiance by all followed by high school senior Lena McCoy singing the National Anthem.

Guest speaker Lisa Hansen then talked about the history of the poppies and Veterans Day, which began 100 years ago. The first celebration was held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1919.

She talked about the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.

As a result of its popularity, parts of the poem were used in efforts and appeals to recruit soldiers and raise money selling war bonds. Its references to red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world's most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict.

Hansen said two women, one from France and one from U.S., separately came up with the idea to sell poppies to help veterans with medical expenses.

All students received a poppy following Friday's program.

After Hansen's presentation, pre-kindergarten-first graders sang a song "Thank You to our Veterans."

The ELC High School Leadership then performed a skit telling the students about the various branches of military service-Army, National Guard, Navy, Coast guard, Air Force and Marines-and how they support each other in the field.

The second and third graders then stood and sang "Thank You, Soldier."

 
 
 

 

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