LUDLOW, Vt. – A public Veteran’s Day Presentation and Student Assembly has been organized to honor military veterans in the community with remembrances of their service.
This community event will take place in the Black River Middle and High School Presidential Hall from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10.
Doors open to the public at 8:45 a.m.; organizers ask people to arrive early for best seating choices and intriguing conversations with neighbors.
Students from Mount Holly Elementary, Cavendish Elementary, Ludlow Elementary, and Black River Middle and High School will be attending this ceremony, and many students will perform and present their creations as a way to honor those who have served our country.
Historically, Veteran’s Day was called Armistice Day and served to commemorate the truce made between the Allies and Germany on Nov. 11, 1918, following the end of World War I.
In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor all men and women who are serving or have served the nation in any conflict. Traditionally, Americans have honored their unknown soldiers with a color guard ceremony that represents all branches of the military at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
This program will begin with the Black River Middle and High School Band’s performance of “Land of Liberty,” directed by Katherine Herrle.
Throughout the presentation, the Black River Middle and High School Chorus, also directed by Herrle, and Ludlow Elementary’s first and second grades, led by Claudia Pawlikowski, will also perform.
The Ballard Hobart American Legion Family Post 36 Color Guard will conduct the Color Guard Ceremony, and Past Commander Ned Bowen will present the POW/MIA service, and children from Ludlow Elementary School’s third and fourth grades will recite a poem and present a special thank-you tribute to veterans.
Black River High School’s AP English Class has created a presentation honoring those who came from the Ludlow area and gave “The Last Full Measure of Devotion” in World War II.
Each student took two of 17 names listed on a plaque located on the second floor of Black River Middle and High School, and they have worked over the past two months to research the lives and family of these soldiers in great depth.
The AP English Class took advantage of resources of Black River Academy Museum, Ludlow Town Hall, Fletcher Memorial Library, Pleasant View Cemetery, family members still living in the area, and what could be found on the Internet about their military enlistment, service records, and family.
This unique presentation not only honors the men who served our country, but also pays tribute to their families.
The Black River High School National Honor Society will present interesting facts about the origin and meaning behind Veteran’s Day.
Andrea Sanford, program coordinator, said she wanted to extend her gratitude and appreciation to Marcia Dockum, who has supported this program every year by collaborating with students from Black River Middle and High School to create breathtaking works of art to honor veterans.
Sanford said she is exceedingly grateful for the flags that have been created on canvas this year to commemorate the branches of the U.S. military.
Several guest speakers will be present to explain the origin and meaning behind each flag and branch.
Sanford also wanted to thank Ballard Hobart American Legion Family Post 36 Past Commander Ned Bowen, and Past Department President Deb Tiernan, for their continued participation and for all they do for children and the community throughout the year