Rossville Elementary students dressed in red, white and blue, sang “The Star Spangled Banner” in high school auditorium for the school’s annual Veterans Day program Friday.
The Veterans Day program incorporated students from the elementary and high school to celebrate Veterans’ commitment to “duty, honor and country.”
“Veterans Day is a time where we can honor those who risked their live and gave all to our country,” Rossville High School freshman Kyle Davis. “It’s what keeps America, America.”
The program began with Boy Scouts presenting the colors followed by songs from the elementary choir. Patriotic artwork was featured on a projection screen featuring American flags and messages of thanks to veterans.
High school students conducted a few readings to reflect upon the commitment and courage of veterans.
“Freedom has always carried a significant price,” one student read.
“They fought and died so we can live in peace,” another high school said.
The program ended with the song “Courage Lives” by the Men of Integrity, the high school boys’ choir.
High School Choir Director Ben Waltz said the sacrifice of veterans, many of which who gave their lives for their country, is a reminder that courage exists.
Rossville community member Diana Pownell came to hear her granddaughter Emmarae sing, and was blown away by the whole show, especially Men of Integrity.
“They did an excellent job,” Pownell said. “The boys’ choir was outstanding. I could have listened to them all day.”
Rossville High School Principal Jeff Hoover said the Veterans Day program is a longstanding tradition for the Rossville schools. For Hoover, the program is a promise to always honor veterans.
“As a school and a community, I feel it’s important to honor service members who have served to protect the freedoms we all enjoy,” Hoover said.
Rossville High School students Chris Yoder (left), Taylor Houser and Addison Bushfield perform readings for the school’s annual Veterans Day program Friday. The annual event incorporates students from the elementary and high school to honor veterans.
Veterans Day reading
Brent Washam, third grader at Rossville Elementary, conducts a reading in the high school auditorium for the school’s Veterans Day program Friday. The annual event incorporates students from the elementary and high school to honor veterans.
Singing for the veterans
Rossville Elementary Choir Director Denise Gilliland directs the elementary student while they sing the “Star Spangled Banner” for the school’s annual Veterans Day program Friday. The annual event incorporates students from the elementary and high school to honor veterans.