• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Prairie View students celebrate Veterans Day

These veterans attended the morning ceremony for students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Photos and story by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal

Last year, La Cygne and Parker elementary schools each had their own observance of Veterans Day while the high school and middle school's activities were a minor part of the day. Under the organization of music teacher Jeff Russell, that changed significantly this year.

The day began with students from both elementary schools being bused to the district's Performing Arts Center. There they listened to a presentation by the high school's history class on some of the major and minor wars in American history. Watching images on a screen in the auditorium, the students heard the high school band play a litany of patriotic songs that were popular when those wars took place.

As the students saw images of battle scenes and heard about the wars from the American Revolutionary War to the war in Afghanistan, the students went as a group to the high school gym where high school students had set up displays on the various wars and how Veterans Day came to be.

After that brief excursion, they went back to the auditorium to hear former Army Capt. Brock Moody.

After that, Annette Viner, music teacher for both schools led students in singing a couple of songs before boarding buses again for the trip back to their schools.

in the afternoon, the program was much the same for the high school and middle school students, however, it also included an address by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Morris.

Veterans honored at the morning program.

Members of the high school color guard outside the entrance to the auditorium before the program.

Band director Jeffery Russell conducts the band through a litany of tunes connected to different wars.

Elementary students recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Elementary students look at displays made by students in the gym.

Maddie Stogsdill is ready to answer questions about World War I propaganda.

Elementary boys are drawn to displays about war.

Former U.S. Army Capt. Brock Moody addresses elementary students.

Elementary students sing "You're a Grand Old Flag" and accompany themselves with signing.

Nathaniel Herring, right, talks to other student about his Civil War display.

The PVHS culinary class provided hors d'oeuvres for the veterans in the afternoon. Army veteran Kyle Littrell, left, and Loretta Teagarden sample their offerings.

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