Irving Veteran's Day Celebration 2018

Veteran's Day
Posted on 11/12/2018
Veteran's Day

On Friday, November 9, the Irving community hosted our third annual Veterans Day ceremony. With 200 flags posted outside of the school, we welcomed 20 veterans and their families to join us for a time of recognition and honor. Cub scouts from Irving carried the flag to begin our ceremony, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the Star Spangled Banner. After a welcome by principal Christine Gosch and music teacher Scott Greger, several students shared what a veteran is to them. New to this year’s program was the addition of a POW/MIA table. The students were read the book America’s White Table that details the symbolism of each item on the table. Thank you notes from Irving students were read to the veterans by our student council. For the second year in a row, the thank you notes were given to the Milwaukee Veterans Services office to use at the annual banquet. 

Irving's chorus sang a song titled “Sacrifices Made” that highlights the personal sacrifices made by our veterans and military families. The chorus also led a performance of the “Armed Forces Medley” where each branch’s song is sung. Veterans were invited to stand during the song for their military branch to be recognized. As is tradition at our weekly community meetings, we ended with a dance party! The veterans and audience had a lot of fun moving and singing to “Y.M.C.A.”. 

Following the ceremony, students hosted veterans for a short meet and greet in the classrooms. Students Savannah and Bella Dlugi were excited to host their father Jamie, who recently returned from active duty deployment overseas with the 128th Air Refueling Wing. All the veterans and family members were treated to a luncheon to say “Thank You” one more time from our school community. Although veterans are sometimes hesitant to receive our thanks and appreciation for the job they did, each of the men and women who joined us were so thankful, and are already making plans to come again next year!