Marine Corps Major Steve Carey (left) stands with fourth grade teacher Kate Smith and Army First Sergeant Ray Swift.
Fayetteville The Mott Road Elementary School gymnasium was filled with red, white and blue during a Nov. 9 special assembly to honor veterans who are relatives of current Mott Road students.
Many students showed off their patriotism at the school’s annual Veterans Day assembly by dressing in red, white and blue while others wore star-covered hats that they crafted especially for the occasion.
After a procession into the gym led by Girl Scout Troop 278 and Boy Scout Pack 153, the crowd stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. Several fourth grade students approached the podium in front of a giant banner that read “freedom,” and each read a fact about Veterans Day that he or she had researched.
Fourth grade student Hannah Madden read a poem by Joanna Fuchs entitled "Take a Moment to Thank a Veteran" reminding individuals to thank veterans. Honorees were then called up individually to receive a certificate and a letter of appreciation from a fourth grade student.
Mott Road fourth grade teacher Kate Smith said that fourth grade students spent time researching Veterans Day and preparing letters of appreciation for the veterans.
At Eagle Hill Middle School, students heard from seventh grade teacher Ryan Campagna who spoke about his experiences in Iraq as an Army combat veteran. He displayed some of his old uniforms, dog tags and various other military memorabilia.