First Baptist Christian School loves our Veterans! In a special chapel service, FBCS students and staff honored our veterans. Ms. Nelson, Principal, recognized and thanked Mayor Freddy Drennan and his wife for attending the program. The first graders handed out flags to everyone present prior to the program. A parade of veterans, led by 8th grade students holding banners of the five service branches, started this moving and honoring service. Every veteran present was recognized and thanked. The formal program began with the presentation of colors by the National Guard Color Guard. Mia Howard, 10th grader, sang our national anthem in acapella. The 12th grade media class prepared a special media presentation, Eagle TV, recognizing the rights we have because of the sacrifice of our service men and women. First graders sang “You’re a Grand Ole’ Flag” – waving their flags while they sang. Three 7th graders, Kendall Speer, Reagan McVay and Sydni Stewart, read original essays about the cost and benefits of freedom. The 3rd grade class led the audience in singing “God Bless the U.S.A.”
The school was blessed to have Veteran Loretta June Burchett, Command Master Chief, Surface Warfare, US Navy, come a speak to students and guests. She shared that she had wanted to be in the military since the third grade, at a time when women were not encouraged to join the military. She was the first female to graduate from the Naval Training Center in San Diego, graduating in the top ten percent as a Data Processing Technician. She shared her trials and successes of her career, inspiring and encouraging the students to follow the path that God puts before them.
At one point in her speech, Master Chief asked the students to stand if they had a family member who served, or who had served, or if they knew someone who was. More than half of the student population stood. Our service men and women touch all of us in one way or another. Remembering the freedoms and rights we have and the sacrifice they make for us, is something we should not take for granted.
It was a very moving program that was a small way to express our gratitude to our veterans. All of this was followed by a spaghetti lunch served to veterans and their families by Senior Beta members. What a wonderful way to remember the men and women who have served and sacrificed for us!
If you would like to view the video created by our Digital Media class, go to www.fbcseagles.com, and find the Eagle TV link!