Collegiate Students Honor Veterans
Collegiate students in all divisions this week honored those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces as part of separate Veterans Day observances.
At the Upper School assembly, 11th Grader Claire Deal introduced her father, Dr. Clifford Deal, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and member of the 82nd Airborne Division, who served for 32 years. He told students that his military service benefited him greatly.
“It helped me to become the person I am,” he said.
The Lower School held a Veterans Day Assembly on Wednesday and invited veterans who are family or friends of current 4th Graders. Jason Stone, Collegiate’s Director of Campus Safety and Security and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, read a passage describing “America’s White Table” ceremony, which honors men and women who served in the Armed Forces.
Third Grader Jazie Dunn introduced her mother, Tammy Dunn, who works as technology administrative assistant in Collegiate’s Technology Department. Ms. Dunn, a 24-year U.S. Navy veteran, told students how her time in the service allowed her to travel around the U.S. and the world and experience many adventures.
Then each military branch's song played as veterans in attendance were asked to stand.
On Friday, Middle School Head Charlie Blair had teachers in his division read a proclamation from President Trump about National Veterans and Military Families Month in November.
The proclamation stated: “We set aside this month surrounding Veterans Day to hold observances around the country to honor and thank those whose service and sacrifice represent the very best of America. We renew our nation's commitment to support veterans and military families. They deserve it.”