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BPS Honors Our Retired & Active Duty Service Members
By: Nicki Hensley, BPS News
BPS schools held Veterans Day commemorations to recognize retired and activity duty service members from their school communities. From pancake breakfasts to patriotic performances, schools throughout the district honored our veterans in special ways, while teaching students about service and sacrifice.
Sea Park Elementary
honored more than 100 retired and active duty
service men and women as part its 11th Annual
Veterans Day celebration.
Guests were treated to
a special
breakfast and lunch presentation and then made classroom visits
to speak with students about their experiences. Military vehicles were on-hand as part of a mobile military museum, and everyone enjoyed a demonstration from the K9 unit at Patrick Air Force Base.
Cape View Elementary hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast and Veterans Day Program to a packed house. Students performed “America” and “Thank a Vet” for their special guests and participated in a flag folding ceremony where they learned what each fold of the American flag represents. Guest speakers talked about the significant role that families of veterans play, often moving from place to place and managing with one parent being away for long periods of time.
Teachers at West Shore Junior/Senior High School organized their own special Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast to honor all current and former military employees.
Rockledge High School’s JROTC, Band, Drama, Maritime Program, Criminal Justice and Visual Arts students collaborated on a program to honor our nation’s heroes and remember their courage, dedication and sacrifice. The program included presentations from student organizations, remarks from Congressman Bill Posey, and a Pass-in- Review parade by JROTC.
At Quest Elementary, where there are more than 100 students from military families, a world map hangs in the school’s hallway featuring stickers on all the cities and countries students have lived. A special event was held for Quest’s military families which was live-streamed to the rest of the school. Students recognized their family members with short presentations and Quest’s chorus performed two songs. A paper chain was created in the colors representing each branch of the military, signed by every student, and then hung throughout the school.
Satellite High School’s JROTC visited with students from DeLaura Middle School during their social studies classes, to talk about service and sacrifice.
Atlantis Elementary hosted a character assembly in honor of its veterans families. Fourth and fifth grade students performed songs and guests were invited to a reception in the media center where the chorus sang, refreshments were served and student- penned notes of gratitude were on display for all to read.

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