Lincoln Elementary School spent Thursday afternoon honoring veterans with a special program.
Presenters shared information about Veterans Day with the students and Lincoln’s honor choir performed a special tribute to the guests during the program. Assistant Principal Amanda Cramer said this marks the second year for the now-annual program.
“We should be humbled by the tremendous courage shown by our brave soldiers, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman,” Cramer said. “In the words of Elmer Davis: ‘This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.’”
Lincoln’s honor choir performed several songs to start the afternoon. Then, retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer Clinton Holt led a presentation about military uniforms, using his own as an example as he explained the significance of each detail and answered students’ questions about his time in the military.
“It’s a lot of discipline, a lot of hard work,” Holt said. “You have to qualify yourself.”
The presentation was followed by a flag folding ceremony. Wesley Hull, director of the Greater Southwest Historical Museum and a retired Rear Admiral, explained the significance of each step of the ceremony as Holt, retired Army Captain Phillip Rose and retired Lieutenant Colonel Janet Banks folded the flag. Veterans in the audience were asked to stand at the front for recognition at the conclusion of the program.
Hull said he’ll be assisting with a similar program in Dickson next week. He said that while he participants in many programs like this one, programs meant for children are a little bit different.
“We have to break it down into something they can understand, something they can visualize,” Hull said. “We want to break it down so children can understand it, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Lincoln Principal Laci Mitchell said the program started last year, after her son was deployed. Cable One and the History Channel contacted the school and asked them to participate in their Take a Veteran to School Day initiative.
“We began last year, we had kind of a similar program, except without presenters,” Mitchell said. “It’s a lot of fun. Each class does something related to Veterans Day in order to recognize our veterans.”