Community members with past or current military service were invited to a Veteran’s Day ceremony at Vista View Elementary School in Burnsville on Nov. 12.
The ceremony began with a presentation of the colors and also included patriotic songs and information about each branch of the military and some American history.
Veterans were asked to come to the front of the gym to be honored and students presented them with paper poppies and other artwork to thank them for their service.
It is important for Vista View to host a Veterans Day program, according to teachers Corbin Orlenko and Anne Podratz, who organized the event. They say the ceremony ties into state standards for what should be taught, and is also a ceremony that unites everyone.
"It gives us an opportunity to honor the veterans,” said fifth-grade student Yasmine Edwards. “They served our country and should be recognized."
The event was one many held at schools around the district in recognition of Veterans Day.
“Thank you, veterans, for your service and sacrifice to ensure our freedom,” said Principal Jeff Nepsund, in his closing comments. “Thank you, families, for your support. Thank you staff and students for setting aside time to honor those who have given so much so we can experience the peace and comfort of living in America.”