Perkins welcomed over a dozen veterans to our Janeway Auditorium, including four from Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, to recognize them for their service and celebrate our freedom.
The program opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a lovely rendition of the Star Spangled Banner sung by a Perkins student. Representative Harold M. Naughton Jr., then recognized all of the veteran’s in the audience, including a few staff members – with a certificate of appreciation. Students then read poems and essays they created. One class created a PowerPoint presentation highlighting all of the things they have today thanks to the sacrifices of a veteran. Shania G. read an essay entitled “Blessings to Our Soldiers” as a tribute to her late grandfather who was involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Two students read poems for their deployed family members. One poem was called “You are Not Alone,” and allowed the young woman to share how she feels about having both of her parents overseas. The other was written by a young man whose dad is overseas. Many of the tributes were for family members and other close relations the students know personally.
The program closed with a standing ovation for the men and women in the audience as well as on the screen from Kuwait. The Kuwait soldiers closed the program by thanking the children for recognizing them and allowing them to participate.