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Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Silk Hope, NC - Schools across the nation, including those in Chatham County, found ways to honor military veterans in honor of Veterans Day.
On Friday, November 9, Bennett School held a luncheon for area veterans and their families during which over 120 participants filled the multipurpose room across from the school cafeteria to share a meal. The majority of honorees had an affiliation with Bennett students and enjoyed a meal prepared by the school cafeteria staff with the students. As part of the event, kindergarteners created a flag of painted hand and footprints. Second and third graders created greeting cards for the guests. Each veteran also received a t-shirt from the school.
“It is important for students to be reminded about honoring and respecting people who served our nation. This was a small way we were able to thank some of them,” said Dan Barnwell, Bennett principal.
Silk Hope School honored area veterans, law enforcement, fire departments, and EMS with a November 9th ceremony attended by the members of the community and the entire school student body. Principal Chad Morgan welcomed everyone to the event. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard Team carried out a presentation of colors at the beginning of the ceremony. Afterwards, Michael DeCristofaro, Student Council President, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jamie Cox, an administrative intern at Silk Hope, introduced the guest speaker, John Johnson, Lt. Col. (Ret.) United States Air Force. The school chorus and band also performed for the veterans as part of the program. Cub Scout Pack 911, Boy Scout Troop 911, and the Silk Hope Girl Scouts presented American flags and pins to each veteran in attendance. At the end of the ceremony, all of the military veterans and law enforcement in attendance were invited to the school media center for a reception to honor them. As the veterans walked from the gym to the reception the students lined up on both sides of the sidewalk and applauded to honor their guests.