While a postponed Halloween may have some feeling like November has just begun, Veterans Day is already here. As Nov. 11 fell on a Sunday, businesses, government buildings and schools observe the holiday on Monday, Nov. 12. And for West Deptford Middle School, honoring veterans and their service will not end there.
Considered a team tradition, local veterans will bring their experiences to sixth-graders on Tuesday, Nov. 13. All students will get the chance to meet some local heroes to celebrate their service. In addition, both teams “A” and “B” of the Grade 6 will have the unique opportunity to hear real life stories of conflict, and ask some questions.
Planning for the event began earlier last month when both Grade 6 teams sent out an invitation to the families of every student to notify them of the event. Any family with a relative in service during peace or war time was encouraged to come out and share with the students.
Kicking off the event, Team A's 130 students will assemble in the library around 9 a.m. to meet the veterans. With questions ready, the students are encouraged to ask questions about military and the veterans’ service. Most importantly, students will have the opportunity to honor the veterans and to thank them for their service.
Team “B” will also have the chance to meet the veterans later in the day. Among the veterans speaking will be a parent who recently returned from Afghanistan. The veterans presentation will be followed by a brief film on the importance of honoring veterans.