Grouped by grade, the students of Johns Creek Elementary wore patriotic colors as they faced the men and woman of the military.
The south Forsyth school’s sixth annual Veterans Day ceremony took time Friday to honor family, friends and community members who have served the country.
Students shared their thanks for the veterans by singing, cheering and reading excerpts from writings they’d authored in class.
Mateo Uribe reflected on the heroism that those in the military display for the nation, as he read from a piece he’d written.
“Veterans are heroes to me because they fought and risked their lives for our freedoms,” Uribe said.
Cade Rittbusch spoke about the sounds of freedom, from presidential debates to cheering for the USA during the Olympics.
“The simple freedom to speak our minds is the sound that started our great nation,” Rittbusch said.
Without those freedoms, Joshua Poore pointed out, the school wouldn’t be gathered for its annual event.
Said Julia Chang: “Americans should be honored to have patriots who sacrificed everything.”
Several of the veterans at the ceremony have children who attend the school, while others came to be part of a patriotic celebration for the kids.
Principal Alyssa Degliumberto said the students and parents look forward to the event each year.
“Our Veterans Day celebration allows our students to recognize and give thanks for those who have fought for our country and for the freedom and liberties we have today,” Degliumberto said.
She read a proclamation from the president that makes the day a national holiday, which reminded the students to remember and honor the veterans every day.
Degliumberto said the school likes to hold the event so that future generations understand “what others have given so that we may be and continue to be free.”