Chebanse Elementary School Veterans' Day program

Photo by Wendy Davis

The students of Chebanse Elementary School host a Veterans’ Day program Friday morning.

About 40 United States service veterans, representing each of the branches of the military, attended a special event hosted by elementary school students.

Chebanse Elementary School invited veterans and loved ones to their annual service.

Each service man and woman was asked to state their name, branch of service and rank.

Many of the attendees were members of the American Legion Post 408. Post commander James Smith was part of the service, as he helped the students better understand American flag etiquette and explained when a flag is too tattered it must be burned in a proper ceremony.

U.S. Army veteran Chad McGinnis helped demonstrate, with the help of Chebanse Elementary School Principal Andrea Lemenager, how to properly fold the flag. He also was on hand to raise and lower the flag.

Lemenager gave a history of Veterans’ Day, which began as Armistice Day in 1918. Music teacher Martha Stanton gave the crowd a history of Taps.

The children played a big role in the morning’s events. 

Fourth grade class president Brady Shule led the students and adults in the Pledge of Allegiance.

All the students were prepared to sing “Star Spangled Banner”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag”,  “Yankee Doodle”, “This Land Is Your Land” and “America, the Beautiful”.