Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School honored veterans and current service members in events on and off campus on Veterans Day.
The school held its annual Veterans Day ceremony in the Performing Arts Center. About 15 students from grade 3 and older took turns speaking about the history of Americans in wartime, while about 70 student performers played instruments and sang songs such as "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Thank You, Soldiers."
The ceremony concluded with a "Veteran Wall of Honor" listing the names of more than 200 veterans who are friends and family of the Catalina community. The names spanned from World War I to the present—including graduates Alexander Nikssarian '02 LS and Isaac Nikssarian '06 LS, both Army—and represented all branches of the military.
Afterward, eighth-graders visited The Park Lane senior living community, where they met with residents to talk about military service. The students listened to the stories of these men and women, asked questions, and looked at memorabilia such as photos, maps, and scrapbooks that the veterans shared with them.
Chris Haupt, director of student life, said she loves this type of "mutual service experience." "The senior citizens have a chance to tell their stories, and the young people have a face-to-face experience with a generation that many of them do not have opportunities to share. It's service that benefits the teller and the listener!"