Students and staff of Fayette’s public schools will honor local veterans on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, with special concerts, parades, assemblies, and performances.
All veterans, active or retired, and their families are invited to attend any of the school events that are being planned in their honor. Contact the schools for additional information about scheduled events. Many receptions are being held in conjunction with activities, so veterans are asked to let schools know that they are planning to attend.
Here is a sampling of some of the planned events happening throughout the county.
• Inman Elementary will host a breakfast followed by a parade.
• Spring Hill Elementary will have an assembly in the cafeteria starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by a reception. Veterans will also be given a tour of the school.
• Peeples Elementary will host a Veterans Day Walk at 1:45 p.m. Veterans will walk around the school while students and staff wave flags and sing patriotic songs.
• Braelinn Elementary will have a breakfast starting at 7:45 a.m. followed by a walk of honor and parade at 8:55 a.m. in the school’s bus loop. A fire engine and marching band will kick-off festivities.
• Fayetteville Elementary will have a special assembly honoring veterans beginning at 8:15 a.m.
• Huddleston Elementary will host their Veterans Day assembly on November 8 at 8:15 a.m. in the school’s gym.
• Crabapple Lane Elementary will have an assembly starting at 8:30 a.m. featuring student-led performances including readings of original essays and singing of patriotic songs. Fayette County Public School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow will also be in attendance.
• Robert J. Burch will begin Veterans Day activities at 8:30 a.m. featuring the Sandy Creek High Air Force JROTC Color Guard, messages from students and performances by the school’s chorus.
• Cleveland Elementary will celebrate veterans on November 7 with a special evening performance featuring the schools’ fourth and fifth graders starting at 7 p.m.
• Sara Harp Minter Elementary will have two celebrations. The first, with pre-K and second graders in attendance, will take place at 8:15 a.m. followed by a parade at 9 a.m. The second assembly, with third and fifth graders in attendance, will begin at 9:15 a.m. followed by a veteran meet and greet at 10 a.m. Both assemblies will feature poetry readings and patriotic songs.
• Bennett’s Mill Middle will host an assembly starting at 9 a.m. featuring patriotic student artwork, presentation of colors by the Fayette County High Army JROTC Color Guard, a tribute wall to veterans with association to the school, and musical performances by the Bennett’s Mill Middle band, orchestra and chorus.
The school will also present a fundraiser check to the Wounded Warrior Project. LTC Todd W. Traver, Battalion Commander of the 429th Multifunctional Medical Battalion in Savannah, will be the keynote speaker.
A reception for attending veterans will follow. The event is linked to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website: www.va.gov/opa/vetsday.
• Whitewater Middle will host a breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by an assembly.
• J. C. Booth Middle will host veterans as guest classroom speakers, design bulletin boards with pictures of veterans and information about their service, and recognize staff members who are veterans.