Veterans Day will be observed throughout our county and the nation on Saturday, November 11th. Many of our schools have planned special activities to honor veterans and make students aware of their service and sacrifice for our country. Some of these activities are listed below:
Century High School
Century High School is hosting its Annual Veterans Day Assembly on Thursday, November 9, at 9:00 a.m. in the school’s main gymnasium. All military veterans are invited to attend this program, which pays tribute to their military service and commitment to our country. The general public is also invited to attend and join the Century faculty, staff, and students in expressing their gratitude and recognizing the importance of “service to others”.
For military veterans, the day begins at 8:00 a.m. with a breakfast for them, their family members, and distinguished guests. The assembly will begin immediately following the breakfast. It begins with a processional by the veterans and distinguished guests and lasts from 9:05 to 10:30.
Following the assembly, all veterans are invited to share memorabilia, pictures, and stories from their experiences with students and guests in a “Living History Museum”, which will be held in the auxiliary gymnasium and will be open to visitors until 1:00 p.m. Veterans wishing to display items are asked to arrive by 7:45 a.m. so the Cadets can help carry items and set up their display before breakfast.
Ebb Valley Elementary School
Ebb Valley Elementary School will be hosting a celebration program to honor veterans on Friday, November 10, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Veterans in the community are welcome to attend and will be recognized. During the program, students will be given an opportunity to show their appreciation for veterans by presenting on research projects they completed during media, as well as showcasing personal interpretations of military flags completed in art. The program will end with students performing a very special song followed by veterans being invited to visit with the students in their classrooms for a very special question and answer session.
Francis Scott Key High School
Francis Scott Key High School cordially invites all veterans, active duty military, and their families to attend its sixth annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Thursday, November 9, from 8 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will be followed by a Veterans Parade. RSVP by November 1 to 410-751-3320. For more information, please contact Ryan Kimble at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christina Dougherty at email@example.com.
Liberty High School
Liberty High School is hosting a Veterans Day Celebration Breakfast and Program on Friday, November 10, at 7:30 a.m. in the media center. A full catered breakfast will be served. It will be followed by a program put on by the USO Club. The JROTC, Choir, and other organizations will join in the festivities. All veterans and current duty military are invited to attend.
Linton Springs Elementary School
Linton Springs has opted to honor veterans as part of the Home Town Heroes celebration in February.
Manchester Valley High School
The Class of 2018 of Manchester Valley High School will present a Veterans Celebration Dinner and Theater. Veterans and guests are invited to share in a complementary dinner and show on Saturday, November 11. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be followed by the performance of senior-directed One Acts entitled The Door and The Outsiders at 7 p.m. Please RSVP by November 3 to Lea Nappier, 410-386-1674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mt. Airy Middle School
Mt. Airy Middle School is honoring Veterans Day through a display of artifacts that showcase the experiences of Veterans in the school community. The exhibition will feature photographs, uniforms, meal kits, personal journals, and other important relics that share the experiences of those who have served. In addition to the artifact display, students and staff members are creating posters that recognize the service members and their families and share interesting information about their time serving our country. During social studies classes, students will visit the showcases and complete activities to help them enhance their understanding of the celebration of Veterans Day.
North Carroll Middle School
North Carroll Middle School will host a Veterans Day celebration on Friday, November 10. There will be a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the media center, followed by an assembly. Veterans may visit social studies classes briefly as schedule permits.
Northwest Middle School
Northwest Middle School will hold a breakfast with veterans on Thursday, November 9, at 8:15 a.m. This will be followed by a school-wide assembly from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Shiloh Middle School
Shiloh Middle School will be hosting two Veterans Day assemblies on Friday, November 10. An assembly for 7th and 8th grade will be held from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m., and a 6th grade assembly will be held from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Parents, family members, and friends of students that have served or are currently serving are invited to come to the assembly. There will be a continental breakfast for guests prior to each ceremony. During the assemblies, the band will play the national anthem, which will be sung by chorus students as well. A guest speaker will discuss his four deployments and his time and experiences in the military.
The related arts teachers are also doing some activities with students in their classes. Students will be painting canvases to create a large panel using their thumbprints, and this artwork will then be taken to the American Legion. Other classes will be creating cards to provide to the American Legion and possibly the VFW. Music teachers will be educating students about the history of the National Anthem.
South Carroll High School
As a way to say thank you to veterans for their service, the South Carroll High School National Honor Society invites veterans and a guest to enjoy a delicious breakfast with musical accompaniment on Thursday, November 9, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP to SCHSNHSRSVP@gmail.com or 410-751-3575.
Spring Garden Elementary School
Spring Garden Elementary School invites family members who are veterans to come eat lunch with students on Thursday, November 9. Lunch will take place by grade, beginning with kindergarten from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. and ending with 5th grade from 11:25 to 11:55 a.m. The school also is asking for pictures of veterans to display in the hallway.
Sykesville Middle School
During the week of October 30, students at Sykesville Middle School will be working in their Focus classes to create pinwheels to honor a veteran who is special in their lives, or to honor veterans generally. Following their viewing of the 9/11 Rolling Memorial on November 9, students will plant their pinwheels in three locations around the school building, creating “Art Installations” which will serve as visual reminders of the sacrifices made by the men and woman who serve, or have served, in our nation’s armed forces.
Maryland’s 9/11 Rolling Memorial will visit Sykesville Middle School on Thursday, November 9. The memorial is intended to remember and honor the 69 Marylanders killed on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, and the 143 Maryland men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in the war on terror since that horrific day. Through the afternoon on November 9, students will be given the opportunity to view the memorial and learn the lessons it has to teach us. November 9 is also Wear Maryland Colors Day. Teachers and students are encouraged to wear the Maryland colors of red, white, black, and gold in memory of the Marylanders who lost their lives in service of our country.
There will be three grade-level presentations on Friday, November 10, designed to help students understand the significance of Veterans Day. Colonel Stephen Landry will present a POW/MIA Remembrance Table demonstration to 6th grade students. Alison Malachowski, a Marine veteran and Gold Star Mom will speak to students in grades 7 and 8. This also is Wear Red, White and Blue Day. Teachers and students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue in honor of all American veterans.
In addition, The LCpl Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project is providing educational postcards to all Sykesville Middle School students that will help them understand the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
Taneytown Elementary School
The 5th grade at Taneytown Elementary School will be welcoming Mr. Ed Sullivan, a member of the Marine Corp League out of Mt. Airy, on Thursday, November 9, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mr. Sullivan will teach students the proper way to fold the flag, the history of the flag, and a little about what it means to be a veteran.
West Middle School
West Middle School will be having a Veterans Day Breakfast and Ceremony on Monday, November 13, beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the cafeteria. The school also is collecting photos and information about veterans and service members that are family or friends of students and staff. This will be made into a slideshow for the ceremony and shared with the entire student body.
Winters Mill High School
Winters Mill High School hosts an annual breakfast and ceremony for veterans in the community. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Own,” and the ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 9, with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Veterans will be honored through performances by the Wind Ensemble, Festival Chorus, and Dance Team. This year’s ceremony will also include a special visit from some Cranberry Station Elementary School students who will also be involved in activities to honor our veterans.