Tyler ISD campuses to honor Veterans with ceremonies

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 11:43am

Many Tyler ISD campuses will honor the men and women who have served and are serving our country with special ceremonies and events in remembrance of VeteransDay. These student-led events will feature musical performances, community guest speakers, student essays, and many other forms of appreciation. All veterans and current military service members are invited to attend the celebrations.

Additionally, Cindy Dempsey, music teacher at Clarkston Elementary School, has been selected to sing “God Bless America” at the City of Tyler Veterans Day program on Monday, November 11.

“It is quite an honor to be selected to sing ‘God Bless America’ for such a special occasion,” Ms. Dempsey said. “My father, a veteran of the Korean War, gave me a very proud heritage of faith, family, and love of country. When you know the heart of a veteran, you know greatness. This kind of allegiance cannot be fully understood unless you have served, but with a heart of gratitude we can express our most sincere thanks!”

Tyler ISD Campus Ceremonies and Events:

Friday, November 8, at 9:00 a.m.
“We Love America” Showcase
Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy, 331 South College Street
Guest Speakers include Dr. Marty Dunbar, Pastor at Marvin United Methodist Church and Mr. Jim Gill, President of the East Texas Korean War Veterans Association. Singers will include Paul Bolding and Tony and Teresa Garrett, and third through fifth grade students will perform special routines. Members of the East Texas Korean War Veterans Association will be in attendance. The program will end with a playing of TAPS.

Friday, November 8, at  5:30 p.m.
Bonner Elementary School, 235 South Saunders Avenue
Fourth and fifth grade students will present a program honoring America and our veterans.

Monday, November 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Hubbard Middle School, 1300 Hubbard Drive
Veterans are invited to a breakfast reception in the library before being escorted by students to a special flag ceremony. All veterans are asked to wear their uniform if possible.

Monday, November 11, at 9:00 a.m.
Bell Elementary Global Communications Academy, 1409 Hankerson Street
The student-led program will include the Bell Singers, student essays and a special time to honor the veterans in attendance. Texas State Representative Matt Schaefer will speak.

Monday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m.
Clarkston Elementary School Music Teacher Cindy Dempsey will sing “God Bless America” at the City of Tyler Veterans Day Program in downtown Tyler.

Monday, November 11
Robert E. Lee High School, 411 East Southeast Loop 323
Lee will honor all veterans on staff by serving them lunch in the Culinary Arts Room prepared by the Culinary Arts students. Veterans on staff will also be acknowledged during the morning announcements before the school’s Good Vibrations choir performs the National Anthem.

Tuesday, November 12, at 5:30 p.m.
Austin Elementary School, 1105 West Franklin Street
The ceremony will begin with a veteran procession down the hallway to the cafeteria. The ceremony will include a posting of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, musical performances by the fifth grade choir, and a moment of silence. The ceremony will end with a playing of TAPS.

Friday, November 15, at 2:00 p.m.
Andy Woods Elementary School, 3131 Fry Avenue
Students and teachers will host a Veterans Day Rally. Special posters created by students will be on display during the rally.

Tyler ISD Campuses to Honor Veterans with Ceremonies


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