Schools Commemorate Veterans Day | Community Spirit
Schools throughout the District commemorated Veterans Day with programs on Monday, November 12.
Barden Elementary School held a joint Anti-Bullying and Veterans Day program featuring retired military veterans and a member of the Macon Police Department. The event kicked off as the Northeast High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) presented the colors and performed an upbeat drill routine.
Maj. George Brown, a retired 25-year member of the Marine Corps, spoke to Barden students about the history of Veterans Day. He told students that Veterans Day began under a different name, Armistice Day, which was commemorated on the 11th day of the 11th hour of the 11th month.
He explained that Veterans Day is a celebration for those individuals who gave their lives trying to make peace in the world.
“Being a veteran is not about making war,” he said. “Being a veteran is about making peace.”
Principal Dr. Jacqueline Jackson echoed Maj. Brown's speech, and told students that the District's mission statement of “Strength of Character” is something that veterans demonstrate every day. She said the idea of “Strength of Character” leads students to become veterans themselves and it helps create a peaceful environment.
At Alexander II Magnet School, students and staff commemorated Veterans Day with an outdoor assembly featuring an address from Army 1st Sgt. Louis A. Brown III of the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) at Robins Air Force Base.
The JROTC unit from Central High School attended the ceremony to present the colors. Afterward, poems were read by students whose family members who are actively serving or have previously served in the military.
Alexander II's chorus, recorder club, and advanced world music drumming ensemble performed "This is America" and the Howard High School band led the crowd in "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful" while grade levels presented banners honoring each branch of the military.
Students from the Central High drill team also performed a rifle exhibition for the crowd. Before closing remarks and recognitions, 1st Sgt. Brown presented Principal Cynthia Canova with a print commemorating the JSTARS mascot.
Student Council Members at Williams Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day by displaying flags around their school. The students were taught the importance of Veterans Day, the definition, the branches of military service, and why it is important to honor the men and women of the armed services for their bravery and sacrifice.
During a Parade of Flags, each Student Council member placed a flag into the earth signifying the importance of the day. They were thanked for their participation by Principal Dr. Shandrina Griffin-Stewart, who reminded them that veterans are the reason for America's success and freedom.
At the conclusion of the celebration, the students enjoyed a song by Lee Greenwood.
District students also participated in a Veterans Day event on Saturday, November 10. Members of JROTC units from Central, Rutland, Southwest and Westside High Schools presented colors at the dedication of a new memorial monument for Sgt. Rodney M. Davis. The monument is located near the final resting place of Sgt. Davis in Macon’s historic Linwood Cemetery.
A luncheon at the Wilson Convention Center followed the dedication ceremony and featured a performance by the Howard High School Chamber Orchestra. It was also announced during the luncheon that funding has been established for a Sgt. Rodney M. Davis Memorial Scholarship, which will be administered through the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. It will be presented annually to a Bibb County JROTC cadet.