Monday, November 11, 2013

A Day to Honor

Veterans Day is a special day around here.  Our local American Legion has a delegation that comes to school to share their experiences with our students.  Music is prepared and performed, poems are written and read - all in honor of those who have served our country.  We are proud to be Americans, and grateful for the service of our Veterans.  If you see a Veteran today or any other day, thank them for their service.  They willingly served, knowing that they may die in that service.  That's quite a commitment to make - to die for our fellow man.  Thank you Veterans for all you have done to preserve our way of life.

To see photos from our celebration today, click HERE! 

This year, we chose the song "Armed Forces - The Pride of America!" as our selection.  The students enjoyed learning about each branch's song and the story behind TAPS.  Here's a video of the selection, played by the SWAU Wind Symphony.

"The Caisson Song" by Edmond L. Gruber (Army)
"The Marine's Hymn" Words by Henry C. Davis, music traditional (Marines)
"Anchors Away" by Capt. Alfred H. Miiles and Charles Zimmerman (Navy)
"Always Ready" by Captain Francis Saltus Van Boskerck (Coast Guard)
"The US Airforce" by Robert Crawford (Air Force)
"The Star-Spangled Banner" words by Francis Scott Key, music by John Stafford Smith 

And another version, with the lyrics sung for the songs.  By Portland Ensign Choir and Orchestra