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Column: District 518 hosts Veterans Day events, activities for students and the public

"We appreciate that each school program honors the local veterans, or those with a local connection, to tell their stories to the next generation."

Stock image of a flag by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.
Stock image of a flag by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.
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Taking the time and attention to detail to talk about the importance of Veterans Day in teaching our students about military service and the sacrifices of men and women in our armed forces is critically important to our staff.

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Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, which commemorated the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I on the 11th hour, 11th day and 11th month. Today, Veterans Day honors all of America’s veterans for their patriotism, their service, and their sacrifice for their country.

Even though the actual Veterans Day is held each year on Nov. 11, we feel strongly that each of our schools should participate in honoring those that have served in appreciation of stepping forward to serve our country, and due to the number of students in each building, we need to have the events on multiple days.

  • Worthington Middle School will hold their Veterans Day Program on Tuesday, Nov. 8. A breakfast for veterans will be held prior to the program from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. in the cafeteria. The program will begin at about 8:50 a.m. in the WMS gym. All are welcome to attend.
  • Worthington High School will hold their Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 10. The program will be from 12:55 to 1:55 p.m. Speakers, music from choir, band, and orchestra and more are being planned for this program. All are welcome to attend. This event will also be broadcasted live on the Worthington Public Schools Facebook page, along with being recorded and played on WGTN-TV3 in its entirety.
  • The Intermediate School will sponsor their Veterans Day activities and event on Friday, Nov. 11, with breakfast being served starting at 7:15 a.m. and a program to follow at 7:30 a.m. Music selections will be performed by our Intermediate School fourth graders, along with a short program. Tours will be available for those that would like to see the new school building. This event is open to the public for anyone to attend.
  • Prairie Elementary is decorating cards and posters for the other buildings and sending them to the Veterans Home in Luverne, along with local area nursing home and assisted living facilities.
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We appreciate that each school program honors the local veterans, or those with a local connection, to tell their stories to the next generation.

Making a connection with veterans helps bring history alive for students and allows them to show their thanks in a meaningful way. We all are grateful for your service to our country and sacrifice.

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