Issaquah School District campuses host Veterans Day events
November 1, 2011
By Tom Corrigan
Several local schools have planned to honor current military personnel and other veterans just in time for Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
At 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9, Clark Elementary School will open its doors to present and past military members and their families, said Heather Maloney, president of the Clark PTA.
Maloney said local veterans from the area, including from local VFW posts and the Providence Point retirement community, had been invited.
The school also had contacted the Issaquah High School Navy Junior ROTC program about providing a color guard.
“We try to put a reason behind the day off on Friday,” Maloney said, referring to Veterans Day.
Military personnel are invited to visit the school in uniform. The event is open to the public.
“We really want to make our event stand out,” Maloney concluded.
Another Veterans Day celebration is planned at Endeavour Elementary School.
“Every year, we put on a special assembly honoring the many veterans who help make up our school community,” said Molly Kremer, who serves on the Endeavour PTA board.
The school tries to send out invitations to every military member, past or present, who is part of the Endeavour community. During a Veterans Day ceremony at the school, guests are seated where they can see and be seen.
“We have a presentation of real pictures from the families running on the screen at the front of the room,” Kremer said.
A local Boy or Girl Scout troop handles the flag presentation.
“We have grandparents, aunts and uncles and parents, too, who are serving. It is all very moving and a very proud moment for our school,” Kremer said.
Because of space limitations, the general public is not invited to the Endeavour ceremony.
At Pacific Cascade Middle School, officials and students create a “Wall of Honor” to recognize those who served in the military.
Any student or staff member may participate by submitting a “brick” made from a piece of red construction paper. The name of the service member or veteran should be on the brick along with the branch of the military the person served and, optionally, the dates of service. The individual honored may be any Pacific Cascade student’s family member who served in the military.
Other Issaquah School District buildings may or may not be having Veterans Day celebrations. Contact your child’s school for more information.