By Kelsey Kirkendall

Originally Published: November 19, 2012

Temple students dressed from head toe in in red, white, and blue filled the auditorium, Thursday, November 8, to honor our nation’s veterans. They recited poems, sang songs, and thanked veterans for serving our country.

The program started with an acrostic reading, the “Pledge of Allegiance”, and “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Next, several of the students shared about family members who had served in the military. They also sang several patriotic songs including “God Bless the USA” and “God Bless America.”

“My favorite song that we sang was ‘God Bless America’,” said Rachel Redmond, Temple’s elementary music teacher. “I think that it is very important to remember that even at a time like this, that God still has His hand on our country.”

To end the program, students marched around the auditorium waving flags and singing the themes of various branches of the military. Veterans were then invited to line up in front of the stage and tell their names and when and where they had served in the military. All of the veterans were given a certificate of thanks from Temple Christian School.

Mrs. Redmond noted that the Veterans Day program is important for the kids because it shows them the faces of real veterans that have served our country. As students practiced the songs for the program, she kept reminding them that these people are why we have the freedom to sing and worship.