Lake Stevens’ schools were awash with red, white and blue to honor veterans and military personnel both past and present last week.
All ten schools planned Veterans Day assemblies that reflected on the service of veterans, the history of service, and thanks and appreciation for the sacrifice of our military.
Everything from personal stories, to music to poetry became part of the celebration.
At Lake Stevens High School, Leadership and ASB students invited all community veterans to a breakfast in their honor followed with a full high school assembly.
Students and faculty were privileged to hear from City Council member Kathy Holder, past Captain in the U.S. Army, as their guest speaker.
Student Daizhanique Richardson sang the Star Spangled Banner and the choir sang In Flander’s Fields, featuring Aliyah Riggen as a soloist. Over 40 community guests and veterans attended the event.
Cavelero Mid High invited military parents to their assembly where they were able to share some of their experiences and listen to the music shared by students. Taps was also played.
“It made me feel more appreciation towards Veterans,” Cavelero eighth grader Jared Olsen said. “It was a wake up call of what they had to go through, I hadn’t really thought about it much before that.”
Students at Mount Pilchuck Elementary heard from their Principal Chris Larsen and enjoyed hearing the songs that represent each arm of the military.
Dads and grandfathers of many students were present during the celebration.
“I realized more how special they (the Veterans) were and that they did a lot for our country. They keep us safe at night,” Mount Pilchuck fifth grader McKenna Reoh said. “I would like to tell the Veterans thank-you and that I appreciate all they did.”
Throughout the district’s elementary and middle schools, special guests were honored and memories were shared.
Sunnycrest’s fourth and fifth grade students presented a pageant that included historic readings and patriotic songs.
The program included the history and singing of America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, America, the Free, a reading about the Civil War, singing of When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, a historic passage about the Revolutionary War, reading of “Johnny has Gone for a Soldier,” and culminated with the singing of America the Beautiful.
The entire week reminded students of those who have served their country for the past 200 years and more.
“It was a week of reflection, honor, education, and celebration for students and veterans throughout the Lake Stevens’ schools and community,” Arlene Hulten, Director of Communications for the Lake Stevens School District said.