John Weldon Elementary Honors Veterans at Annual Assembly

Posted on 11/13/2017
John Weldon Elementary Honors Veterans at Annual Assembly


Students at John Weldon Elementary School (JWE) were given an opportunity to meet some local heroes on Nov. 10, in celebration of Veterans Day. Over 100 veterans, with 640 years of combined service, were in attendance at John Weldon’s annual Veterans Day Assembly.

The assembly began with the presentation of colors by a group of John Weldon Boy Scouts. The JWE Synergy Singers performed “The Star Spangled Banner,” followed by “A Tribute to the Armed Services,” performed by students in each grade level. Students sat in silence as each veteran's name was called, most of them relatives and friends of the students. Throughout the assembly, students read thank you letters to the veterans. Students and staff also wore poppy flowers to honor fallen soldiers. 

For the ninth year, Dr. Ed Katcher acted as the keynote speaker. He delivered a heartfelt message about kindness, respecting parents and teachers, and being open and accepting of the differences in people. Dr. Katcher served four years in the Air Force. He is a former Superintendent of the Orchard Farm School District and former Deputy Superintendent of the Fort Zumwalt School District. 

Assistant Principal Joe Shaw has known Dr. Katcher for many years. “I am very appreciative of his friendship and for him taking the time to share this important message to our students,” said Shaw.

The assembly was concluded with remarks from Principal Bryan Howse, followed by a performance of “Taps.” Veterans attending the ceremony were treated to brunch in the school library following the event. 

Click here to view a slideshow from the assembly.


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