ENON — The Greenon Local School District will be holding its annual Veterans Day celebration Wednesday, Nov. 11 at Enon Primary and Indian Valley Intermediate Schools.
Local veterans who have bravely served their country and active duty military in the community are first invited to join the students and staff at Enon Primary School, located at 120 S. Xenia Street, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning for a grand ceremony at the flagpole. Students will be saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the school’s flag and singing a patriotic song.
“Our students have been busy preparing for the Veterans Day program by making cards for Honor Flight mail calls, collecting pennies for veterans to make a donation to Honor Flight, and creating stars with the name of a veteran they know for our school display,” Principal Darrin Knapke said in an official statement. “Everyone is very excited to welcome our veterans to our program on Nov. 11 and show our appreciation for their service.”
Local veterans and active-duty military members are then invited to join the students and staff at 9:30 a.m. at Indian Valley Intermediate School, 510 S. Xenia Dr., for a Veterans Day program in the gymnasium which will include a number of patriotic performances by the students. School officials said the students and staff have been working very passionately to make the annual event, which was moved from Greenon High School to Indian Valley Intermediate School for the first time this year, a memorable celebration for the veterans.
“We are very excited to welcome the veterans of our community to Indian Valley for the first time this year,” Principal Mike Tighe said. “This will be an invaluable learning opportunity for our students and a chance for them to give back to the community by honoring our veterans.”
Indian Valley Intermediate School Fifth Grader Anna Collins said she was very excited to be participating in the Veterans Day celebration. Collins, who will be reading a Veterans Day poem for the event, says she will be wearing the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue as she pays tribute to the veterans and military members.
“My Grandpa Collins was a Marine who served in Vietnam. Also, my Grandpa Tipton and my father both served in the Air National Guard,” Collins said. “It’s great to honor our veterans who have served our country and the members of the military, and I will be thanking them for their service to our country too.”
According to district officials, the annual Veterans Day celebration has been a special tradition at the Greenon Local School District for many years, and the staff, teachers and students have always made an extra effort to create an event that honors so many local veterans who have settled in the area.
The public is also invited to attend the events.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.