On Nov. 12, 2018, the Faith Academy administration, faculty, staff and student body invited local veterans and the community to join them in recognizing and celebrating Veterans Day.
The program opened with a welcome by junior Regan Woodley, followed by the presentation of the colors by Bellville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6522. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by the pre-kindergarten class and freshman Madelyn Krueger sang The Star Spangled Banner.
The program included patriotic songs, character portrayals and student speeches. Sophomore Tanner David presented “A Warrior’s Pledge,” excerpts from the Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981. Freshman Mauricio Cano presented “Veteran’s Day at the Wall”, excerpts from the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The fourth grade class, directed by Mrs. Karen Hackett, sang “My Country Tis of Thee”. The second grade class, also directed by Mrs. Karen Hackett, sang “Children’s Medley for God and America”. Junior Roy Shepherd read “In Flanders Field” by Lieutenant Colonel John McRae. Freshman Caden Swierkowski presented excerpts from the 67th Korean War Memorial Ceremony by Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Senior Jeffrey Perry presented “The Order of the Day,” General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s D-Day Address to the troops.
Faith Academy students participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Essay Scholarship contests. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. The Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for students in grades 6-8 and it encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society. The students express their views based on a patriot theme.
Sophomore Tanner David is the Voice of Democracy first place winner for VFW Post 6522 of Bellville. Tanner receives an $800 scholarship. Eighth-grade student Chesney Johnston is a first place winner for The Patriot’s Pen contest; Chesney receives a $150.00 scholarship and read her essay at the Faith Academy Program. Senior Lacy Phillips also read her Voice of Democracy essay.
The benediction was given by junior Pierce Newcomb.
A slide show that was played before and after the program included pictures, names and service information of veterans and present service members who are friends and family of Faith Academy and the local community.
Faith Academy sincerely thanks all of those who have served our nation and the families who have supported them. It was an honor to have you at the school.