CFISD schools honor service members with Veterans Day ceremonies

November 26, 2018

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Nov. 26, 2018—In honoring retired and active service men and women, schools throughout CFISD held Veterans Day celebrations, performances and programs earlier this month.

Veterans and families throughout the CFISD community were invited to attend the celebrations, which included meals and refreshments, parades, musical performances, skits and speeches designed to honor those who defend the freedoms of the United States.

Roughly 20 elementary schools and several secondary campuses participated in some type of celebration. That included Cypress Creek High School, which unveiled a new memorial at its front entrance to honor two graduates who sacrificed their lives while serving their country.

Cypress Creek High School

Cypress Creek High School unveiled a new Fallen Warriors Memorial Wall at its front entrance Nov. 9. The memorial features painted portraits honoring Cpl. Scott Larson (class of 2000) and Spc. Scott McIntosh (2001), two Cypress Creek graduates who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country.

At the ceremony were family members and friends of both men in addition to campus and district administration.

Mary Larson said seeing her son’s image on the wall is bittersweet but she remains thankful the school honored the two men.

“I would rather have him here with me, but I’m glad Cy Creek has taken the time and the effort to do this,” Larson said. “This means so much to me.”

Attendees began the day inside the school’s auxiliary gym for a brief ceremony that included the presentation for the colors by the Cypress Creek Air Force JROTC color guard and the playing of Taps.

Cypress Creek Principal Vicki Snokhous said the memorial will remain important for years to come and it was appropriate to place it opposite the school’s Wall of Fame.

“It’s just about honoring our students that gave the greatest sacrifice,” she said. “They gave their lives for our country.”

– Paloma de la Riva, Cypress Creek HS

Millsap Elementary School

Special guest Jim McIngvale, also known as “Mattress Mack,” served as the keynote speaker at Millsap Elementary School as the campus welcomed and honored a number of veterans in attendance for its 10th annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 2.

The morning began with a welcome and breakfast, as students joined family members who served alongside fellow veterans. A wall was decorated with photos of veterans and those who served. Following breakfast, students formed two lines for a parade through the commons area and cafeteria.

The ceremony also included student performances, and McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture also well known for his philanthropy in the Houston area, addressing those in attendance.

"We love having our family and community veterans attend our event to show students that veterans include moms and dads, and grandmothers and grandfathers. They can even be our own teachers," said Millsap Principal Joy Dauphin. "Mattress Mack is a well-respected philanthropist and someone our kids see on television. It was a gift to be able to hear his moving words about the privileges we have because of the brave volunteers in our Armed Forces."

Wells Elementary School

In welcoming veterans, Wells Elementary School held a breakfast as part of its Veterans Day ceremony and program Nov. 12.

The school decorated multiple walls with photos of service men and women, with students describing why he or she was honoring the identified veteran or member of the military. A performance of patriotic songs was also put on by second-grade music students.

“In addition to teaching academics, we seek opportunities to make connections that have meaning to our students in their world today,” said Wells Principal Cheryl Fisher. “Veterans Day is a perfect opportunity to not only help teach the students, but to show some love to our veterans that are extended family to our Wells Explorers. The relationships they have with family members that have served our country and the recognition we are giving them for Veterans Day helps our next generations respect and value their contributions.”

Aragon Middle School

Decorated signs and banners welcomed veterans and community members to Aragon Middle School for its Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9.

The morning included performances by the fine arts ensembles before veterans and their family members gathered for refreshments.

“Being able to celebrate Veterans Day is an honor,” said Aragon Principal Maria Mamaux. “So many brave men and women and their families have sacrificed so much for us to be able to enjoy freedom and live in this great nation. It is important for us to provide opportunities for our students to salute and recognize these heroes because the United States is the land of the free because of them.”

Copeland Elementary School

Copeland Elementary School welcomed veterans to its annual celebration on Nov. 9, beginning its Veterans Day ceremony with a breakfast buffet.

The Langham Creek High School Air Force JROTC presented the colors, while the Copeland school choir performed several patriotic songs for program guests and veterans, who were acknowledged for their service and sacrifices.

Following the ceremony, students lined the hallways and perimeter of the cafeteria as veterans and their family members walked the school for the morning parade.

Black Elementary School

Veterans were welcomed at Black Elementary School and escorted to a breakfast by student council members for the school’s Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9.

From there, members of Cub Scout Park 831 led the honored guests to the cafeteria, where they were treated to not only a packed room but also to performances and readings by selected students and The Star-Spangled Banner by soloist Alexis Radelat.

Among those acknowledged was Robert Ring, a World War II veteran recognized by Black Principal Melissa LeDoux.

Thornton Middle School

Veterans, community and family members and Thornton Middle School students filled the campus gym Nov. 9 for a morning ceremony to honor service men and women.

Each branch of the military was recognized, while the ceremony featured performances from fine arts groups. The veterans and their family members then gathered in the library for a breakfast and refreshments.

Birkes Elementary School

Veterans were invited to a morning ceremony at Birkes Elementary School on Nov. 9 to celebrate Veterans Day. The campus PTO held a breakfast for the honored guests.

The school constructed a Wall of Honor to recognize veterans and service men and women with ties to Birkes. In addition, kindergarten students drew pictures and wrote letters to send to service men and women.

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