Students at every school in Lake Stevens School District honored U.S. Veterans last week taking time to thank those who serve and have served.
Included here is a sampling of some of the Veterans Day activities and pictures.
Sgt. Ken Tibeau sings to the kids at Highland Elementary School.
Highland Elementary’s assembly honored 51 veterans, with a range of service from one to 26 years, representing every branch of the service.
The assembly included “America the Beautiful,” sung by Sgt. Ken Tibeau, guest comments by Sgt. John T. Hall, classroom presenters from each grade level reading a section of the PowerPoint presentation of “The Wall,” a book about the Vietnam Memorial, and the Presentation and Retiring of Colors by Packs 41, 42, and 43.
Preston Ball, second grade student, read a poem entitled, “On Veterans Day,” by Cheryl Dyson, in tribute to his dad who serves in the Navy.
Preston’s dad, Master Chief Ball, was in attendance and has served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years. He is currently an electronic technician on the USS Lincoln.
At the conclusion, “Taps” was played by Lake Stevens High School 2011 graduate Ian Anderson.
Lake Stevens Middle School
The all school assembly at LSMS began with the playing of a medley of patriotic songs performed by LSMS band, comments by US Navy veteran and shop teacher Mr. Alex Moll, and closing with the showing of a short musical video, the “Price of Peace,” which depicts a family whose father is deployed in the service. You can view the videos at http://www.nationalguard.com/events/gaddis-sisters.
Mr. Moll, shop and PE teacher, recently retired with 23 years of service in the Navy reserves. He was a Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9). In 2006-07 he was deployed to Iraq to serve with the Navy Seabees. Moll began his teaching career at LSMS, moved to Hillcrest Elementary where he taught 5th grade for 11 years, and just this year returned to LSMS.
Cavelero Mid High
Retired shop teacher from LSMS and US Army Veteran Marshall Wiygul was the keynote speaker for Cavelero Mid High students.
Mr. Wiygul served as a member of the Washington D.C. Color Guard with the White House before being deployed to serve in the Vietnam War in the 9th Infantry.
He shared with students an overview of his time in the military, and students from leadership class followed up with some questions about service.
In answering student questions he provided insights into his experience and thoughts about serving in the military.
His biggest regret was that he lost five friends while on patrol in Vietnam and there was nothing he could do to help.
When becoming a member of the service you learn a lot, and you grow up quickly. He views being a member of the military as providing a service to your country and to others; it’s an honor to serve.
The assembly also included the presentation of colors, a solo presentation of the National Anthem by student Brittney Wood, “America the Beautiful” sung by the Cavelero Choir, and video and PowerPoint presentations by leadership class on the history and service of the military.