Shades of red, white and blue were the dominant colors around the Town on the Sound this past Thursday when Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 commemorated the national holiday by holding Veterans Day programs in the district’s school.
At Saltar’s Point Elementary School the day included a dual celebration, marking both the patriotic occasion and the Anniversary State of Washington’s establishment on Nov. 11, 1889 (116 years).
Beginning with the presentation of the Colors by an Honor Guard from McChord Air Force Base, the program included musical tributes to past and present members of the armed forces.
The National Anthem was sung by Pat Jackson-Holley, while "Class Act", a quartet composed of Lark Moore, Debra Bedient, Leon Schilling and Freeman Seebo, with School Superintendent Art Himmler narrating, presented a medley of patriotic songs, sung to accompany a power point presentation.
Members of Saltar’s Point choir, directed by Teresa Jeffreys, added their enthusiastic voices to the musical selections.
Third grade teacher Janey Smith presented roses to honored guests – white roses for veterans and red roses for those currently serving – were presented to school educator Darrell Hale.
Holiday-themed hallway displays at the school included photos and letters from deployed parents of current students and one featuring materials from veterans of previous wars.
At Steilacoom High School a mammoth flag, covered with more than 900 personalized stars (representing area service men and women) was displayed in the school’s gymnasium. School leadership club members created the huge, 18-by-12-foot replica of Old Glory.
The school’s program included choral and orchestra performances, in addition to a patriotic message presented by guest speaker, David Meikle.
-by Nancy Covert