A True Veteran’s Day Celebration
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by their nation,” said President George Washington.
This statement was the heart behind CCA’s first real celebration of Veteran’s Day. This year, our secondary school truly honored our nation’s veterans for the great sacrifices they have made for us. Our Secondary Principle, Mr. Lofthouse, felt that CCA needed to start doing something special for our veterans. He said, “This is really a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Just as God commanded the Israelites to do things to remember special victories, we need to continue to have special events to teach our students and help them remember the past.”
Mrs. Sandy Perrin, head of the History Department, along with Mr. Lofthouse, Miss Laura Torres, Florencia Yalale, Drew Anderson, and the entire History department, helped put together this Veteran’s Day event. Anderson created a website where students and faculty could submit a bio of family members that were in any war. This information was then posted on a wall in the hallway outside the reception area, which was called the “Wall of Heroes.” The wall was built to honor specific veterans whether living or dead. In an effort to further honor those who fought, CCA had a special broadcast over the intercom on the morning of Veteran’s Day. These announcements featured students who had memorized the Declaration of Independence and had the opportunity to recite it to the whole school over the intercom. The special broadcast also allowed us to take a moment of silence to remember those who fought and died for our country.
Throughout the day, patriotic music was played in between classes and flags were brandished down the hallways by select students. Secondary school also got to wear patriotic T-shirts and eat free cupcakes at lunch.
This year, CCA did a fantastic job of truly honoring those who give so much to America. “I personally thought it was so cool because I got to go back and dig out a picture of my dad who was a glider
pilot in WWII,” said Mrs. Perrin. “And I got this cool picture, which I mounted of him when he was about 20 years old and it was just so exciting to me to be able to actually write him a bio and honor him…It really does mean a lot when you know somebody personally who has fought. Sometimes we take for granted what we have here in this country. They give so much and this generation doesn’t realize what it means to know war.”
It’s exciting to see how passionate people at CCA are about honoring those who sacrifice so much. Mrs. Perrin has already begun looking ahead to next year’s Veteran’s Day. She says that she plans on inviting some of the veterans to visit CCA and to have students write letters to send to veteran’s homes and hospitals. This year’s celebration has prayerfully started a tradition that CCA will continue for many years to come.