West Utica holds 29th annual Veterans Day Ceremony
West Utica holds 29th annual Veterans Day Ceremony
Posted on 11/10/2017
Students waving American Flags

West Utica Elementary students saluted area veterans during its annual ceremony by recognizing the sacrifices that were made for their freedoms, including the one that brought them to school that day – the right to a quality education.  

“What we are doing today is teaching one of the most importance civics lessons,” said principal Bradley Suggs. “The lesson that our veterans are the reason we are able to do what we do.”

Students recognized community veterans of wars ranging from World War II through Afghanistan and Iraq with speeches and songs.

“To all of you that have defended our country, we would like to honor you for protecting us,” said fifth-grader Ashley Matthews.

The program is held in partnership with area Veteran of Foreign Wars posts.

“We are pleased to be with you here today,” said William Dobbie, of VFW Post 4659. “I have been here since the beginning 29 years ago and I can tell you it is appreciated.”

Dobbie provided students the history of the national holiday, from its origins after World War I as “Armistice Day” to its official recognition as “Veterans Day” in 1954.

The West Utica ceremony featured lessons on the U.S. flag, including a demonstrating on symbols behind how the flag is folded by armed forces representatives.

The program also featured a short video from West Utica Elementary students on

“When we look at the stipes, we all know that the 50 stars represent the colonies and the red and white stripes represent the colonies,” said fifth-grader Ava Amoo-Mensah. “But to each of us, the flag holds a personal meaning.”  

Below is a video of the November 6 event.