November 15, 2019
Prince Hosts Special Veterans Day Ceremony
On Monday, November 11th, the Prince Avenue Christian School student body gathered for a special Veterans Day Ceremony. The school extended an invitation to local veterans to attend the ceremony and to be honored on their special day. Many of the veterans in attendance were family members of students.
This was the second year that the school sponsored this student-led ceremony, and the event was met with much enthusiasm by local veterans and their families as well as parents and visitors. More than 90 veterans attended representing all branches of the military. They were greeted in the entranceway by lower school students holding American flags and were then escorted to a seat of honor in the front of the worship center.
The ceremony was opened with prayer by Prince Head of School Col Seth Hathaway followed by a presentation of the colors. The remainder of the ceremony was student-led beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. The Prince Avenue Advanced Band combined efforts with Performing Arts students to perform America the Beautiful. Students then explained the history of Veterans Day as well as the history of the musical anthem of each branch of service. Veterans were invited to stand and were honored with applause when their branch’s song was played. Lower, middle, and high school students concluded the ceremony by reading poems and letters that had been written to honor the veterans.
Many of the veterans sent in a picture of themselves in uniform to be included as part of the program. The pictures combined with student artwork and handwritten letters provided a personal connection from the students to the veterans on this special occasion. Afterward, students, faculty, and staff enjoyed visiting with the veterans and their families as refreshments were served for special guests.