Students learn about patriotism from vets
November 23, 2012 4:00PM
Bob Bains, former principal of Walker School. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
Updated: December 26, 2012 6:17AM
Hilda Walker School students and staff members shared a day of recognition and honor with family members and friends who are veterans.
Fourteen years ago, Pamela Tucker had the vision of teaching children about citizenship, patriotism, freedom and our great country. The day of celebration has turned into a wonderful annual event with students learning about the sacrifices made to live in our great country and the adults are reminded, as well, to be thankful to the vets for all they have done.
Veterans spoke with students during class presentations and the students were able to ask questions about their experiences. Students and veterans ate lunch together and then veterans were honored during the Veterans Day ceremony.
The ceremony began with a standing ovation as veterans proceeded through an aisle of American flags on both sides of them. John Edwards, a student at Hilda Walker, led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
As Jessica Klein Foglin sang the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the vets, both young and old, stood at attention, saluting the American flag they so heroically served.
The choir sang and the band performed. The poem, “I Am an American,” was read by Bob Gaines, while Scott Wagstaff accompanied him by trumpet. The featured speaker was Col. Constance Edwards (retired), U.S. Army nurse and Vietnam veteran. After her speech, the American flag was properly folded by a flag team. Pamela Tucker took roll call. Wagstaff and Jason Collins played Taps.
Hilda Walker is in Summit Hill School District 161 with students from Frankfort, Mokena and Tinley Park.