It is a special time for us kids to honor all the brave veterans for their sacrifices and love.
— Evie Ward, third-grader
By Aimée O’Grady Contributing Writer
Sixty C.M. Bradley Elementary School third-graders demonstrated their patriotism during a Thursday evening tribute performance, “We Honor You – A Salute to America’s Soldiers and Veterans.”
A special invitation was extended to second grade teacher, Sandra Rowe, who retired from the Navy before joining the Bradley staff.
Arranged by music teacher Arlene Thorpe, students wore red, white and blue for the performance. Twelve students narrated the presentation about soldiers, veterans and the meaning of the U.S. flag. The event began with a presentation of the colors by the Liberty High School ROTC program.
Students sang five patriotic songs, including The Star-Spangled Banner, A Time to Remember, Grand Old Flag, Welcome Home and We Salute You.
More than 200 people, many of them veterans, gathered in the school gym for the performance. Including many veterans from the American Legion and VFW members from neighboring counties.
“It’s absolutely wonderful,” said Russell Claar, commander of Southern Fauquier VFW Post 7728 near Morrisville. “It’s important for the children to learn about veterans.”
Mrs. Rowe uses the day to explain to students her career in the Navy and to reflect on the relationships she formed during her time in service.
“It seems so far away, but I still remember the people I met and their names,” she said. “I love sharing this piece of my history with my kids each year.”
The tribute concluded a week-long educational series on the meaning of Veterans Day.
“It is a special time for us kids to honor all the brave veterans for their sacrifices and love,” said Evie Ward, a third-grader who narrated part of Thursday’s performance.
Two of the writer’s children are C.M. Bradley Elementary School students.