It was such a privilege to honor veterans in our Veteran’s Chapel on Friday, November 9, 2018. This chapel service is always special at First Baptist Christian School. Hosted by Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lisa Brooks, veterans in the crowd were invited to participate in a “Veterans Parade”, led by junior and senior boys holding signs designating the five military branches. It was quite a moving sign seeing the men and women walking in to their branch’s song and lining up in the front for all to see.
FBCS is thankful to the members of Salmen High School’s Army ROTC Color Guard for presenting the colors. Ruth Fowler, 8th grader, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.
The first grade class energetically marched in with flags waving and shouting “USA”! They then led us in a song “You’re a Grand ol’ Flag” while waving flags and patriotic pom poms! Third and fourth graders also presented a song entitled “Thank you, Soldiers”.
We have several students who write essays for competition. Leah Yuratich and Beauregard Kleve, both 6th graders, read their original essays, “How I Honor Veterans”. Their essays are still awaiting results of the competition. Burgan Luther, 8th grade, was recently the 1st Place recipient of the St. Tammany Parish Fair essay contest. She read her original essay “The Glory Never Gets Old” to the audience.
We were blessed by Colonel (Retired) Tom Waller, Career Army Field Artillery Specialist. Col. Waller explained the history behind the purpose of Veteran’s Day, also known as “Armistice Day”. He named wars since WWII and asked those veterans to stand so they could be recognized.
He also honored Mr. A. B. Wilson, great-grandfather of Jordan Aucoin (1st grade) and Jace Aucoin (7th grade). Mr. Wilson is a veteran of World War II. He was a member of "The Ghost Army" as a Tech Sergeant and he is a recipient of a Gold Medal. What an honor it was to have him in our service!
Avery Burgoyne, 8th grade, followed Col. Waller with a beautiful song “I Will Stand”. Kayeligh Lasley, 6th grade, read a poem about veteran appreciation, and the veterans then received a small gift from FBCS handed out by FBCS Beta Club students.
Dr. Mark Cooper, high school history teacher, concluded our program by reminding us of the purpose of folding the flag. The folding of the flag is a very meaningful ceremony and each fold has a specific meaning. While he explained the folding, Master Sergeant Brad Smith, and his son, Carson Smith, 6th grade, demonstrated. He concluded with this “May you always know joy in your soul and pride in your heart when you see our flag on display. May you always remember the sacrifice of those who served in uniform and of their families all through out the decades in preservation of our freedom. And may we keep a prayer on our lips for our nation that we may always see the flag wave over our land of the free and the home of the brave.
First Baptist Christian School believes it is important to instill a sense of gratitude in our students. To display and guide them to express thanks and honor where it is due. We will always be thankful to those, and their families, who sacrificed much to ensure our rights and freedoms.