“A nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.”
– President Abraham Lincoln
The Cherry Creek School District will welcome hundreds of heroes to its schools during the district’s 6th Annual Veterans Week, Nov. 7-11. Students, staff and community members will honor our nation’s veterans and active duty servicemen and women with parades, patriotic programs and heartfelt words of thanks. Veterans and active duty military personnel are cordially invited to attend the events and activities being hosted by every school in the district.
A complete list of 2016 Veterans Week events is available on the Cherry Creek Schools website at http://cherrycreekschools.org/VeteransDay/Pages/default.aspx.
This video features some of the highlights from Veterans Week 2015.
“What better way to teach our students about our history and our heroes than by bringing some of them into our schools and giving students the opportunity to meet them in person and learn first hand about their service and sacrifice,” said Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “We want our students to understand that the freedoms they enjoy every day were made possible by the men and women who have served, and continue to serve.”
Every school in the district will host a Veterans Week event. Aspen Crossing Elementary and Sky Vista Middle School kick things off early with a parade and flag ceremony on Fri., Nov. 4. The parade begins at 1:15 p.m. and will travel from Aspen Crossing to Sky Vista, where the flag ceremony will be held.
Overland High School will continue its tradition of recognizing local veterans and active duty military personnel with a breakfast reception and a schoolwide celebration on Mon., Nov. 7. Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards of the Colorado National Guard will be the keynote speaker and the OHS Marching Band, Cecilian Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Choir will perform.
On Wed., Nov. 9, Falcon Creek Middle School will host a Veterans Day breakfast, featuring musical performances by the Falconaires Choir, a gift of Veterans Day notecards created by art students and an opportunity for each veteran and active duty military member to share their experiences.
Indian Ridge Elementary will kick off its Thur., Nov. 10 Veterans Day celebration with a breakfast for honored guests and their families, followed by a patriotic parade through the school.
Lessons about Veterans Day have been incorporated into many different classes, including English, history, social studies and civics. Students will share what they have learned with poems, essays, artwork and music.
Last year, more than 2,000 veterans, active duty servicemen and women and other community members visited a Cherry Creek school during Veterans Week.