Thank You Veterans

America's White Table

Students invited relatives and friends to attend this special assembly.

On Thursday November 10, 2022, Hometown Elementary held its annual Veteran’s Day assembly.  Local Veterans were invited to attend this program honoring their time served in either the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  The program was led by principal Amanda Bencik, and included contributions from each grade level.  The fourth and fifth grade chorus members sang “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”  This was followed by poems and letters written to our Veterans by our first, third, fourth and fifth graders.  The Kindergarten students sang a song entitled “Thank You Veterans” and the second graders recreated the poem “America’s White Table” by Margot Raven.  

This table honors the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces. The table is round to show our everlasting devotion and concern for our fallen and missing comrades. The cloth is white symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.The single red rose, displayed in a vase, remind us of the life, and the blood that was shed, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith and await answers.The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our commitment, and continued determination to account for our missing.A slice of lemon on the plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.  The salt is to remind us of the tears endured by those missing and their families who still seek answers.  The black napkin is a reminder of the isolation, deprivation, and cruel fate our missing.The glass is inverted- to symbolize their inability to share this evening with us. The chair is empty and tilted -they are not here- and will remain so until they return or are accounted for.  

Mrs. Bencik also read the names of the soldiers who did not return home followed by a moment of silence in their honor.  Finally, Mr. Steve Imig played the song “Taps” on his horn. "Taps" is a bugle call that is sounded as a signal for “lights out” at the end of a military day, during patriotic memorial ceremonies and military funerals conducted by the United States Armed Forces.  This assembly is held to honor all Veterans.  It's important to take a moment and thank them for their valor and honor.  They have made this country what it is.  To all of the soldiers, we thank you.  You have defended America and given a large piece of yourself for freedom. There are no words to express our gratitude. Happy Veterans Day.

The entire ceremony can be viewed in the video below:


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