Valley Elementary 7th Graders Present Veterans Day Program To Appreciative Audience
Hot Springs, VA – On Veteran’s Day the Seventh Grade class at Valley Elementary School in Hot Springs presented a special Veterans Day Production entitled “A Tribute to Heroes”. The program featured the history of our flag, stories of the past and recognition of those in attendance from various branches of the Armed Forces. There were also stories of local veterans’ experiences and a family tribute featuring photos of veterans and those on active duty.
Phillip Robertson of Warm Springs attended the program. He served in the Army in Korea in 1952 and 1953.
“I thought it was very good, very good,” said Robertson. “The young people really, I think, put out a good effort for all of the Veterans. I appreciate it very much. I enjoyed it very much.”
Eddie Green of Warm Springs was also there. He served in the Army for 30 years beginning in 1956 and worked in Germany, Norway and Vietnam.
“Oh it was outstanding,” said Green. “A beautiful thing, the way the children acted and the way they spoke and the things they had to remember was really fascinating. I just really appreciate all the things they did for the Veterans of Bath County. It’s really heartwarming to know that people do care about you, you know.”
Shannan Waldeck teaches English at Valley Elementary and she is one of the teachers who organized the program.
“We feel that it’s very important to recognize the Veterans for the service that they have given to our country,” said Waldeck. ” And to let them know that we remember them, we support them and that we are thinking of them. And I think that’s what this is all about. Students getting to know their family better, students getting to know the people in their community better and it really touches them and me.”
And presenting the program offered the students a unique learning experience.
“My name is Mallory. I’ve learned that there’s many different branches in like the Army and all the different branches. And I’ve learned about what they do and how they work. I’d have to say the most fun is learning about the veterans and their stories and all the fun stuff that they’ve done and all the hard stuff that they’ve done.”
“I’m Mackenzie. I’ve learned like a bunch of different theme songs to different parts of like the Army, like the Navy and stuff and I just think that’s really cool. People don’t really notice how hard it was for Veterans. And I think just knowing that we do something like this could make them feel a little better about themselves.”
Thirty two students participated in the Veterans Day Program. They were led by three teachers, Kelly Rosenberg, Tammy Lindsay and Shannan Waldeck.