Raleigh Academy Students Honor Veterans with Special Performance

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: November 07, 2019 08:31 PM

Veterans Day is Monday, it's a day to honor all those who fought, and continue to fight for our freedom. In Duluth, students at Raleigh Academy thanked veterans for their service in a special way Thursday.


They did this with their annual Veterans Day program. Since 2001, students have put together a special presentation dedicated to veterans, where they show pride and respect for service members. Kindergarten through fourth graders were part of the program.

“It’s about celebrating veterans,” said Xander Powell, a second grader.

Raleigh students showed their gratitude to all veterans with art and music. The walls where they presented were covered in patriotic art of American flags and eagles made by students.

“It’s about being nice to them and making sure they get honored because they did a big thing for us and helped out,” said Lily Moe, a fourth grader.

The event started with the local VFW Honor Guard presenting the colors with the Raleigh Cub Scouts.

“It’s always fun to work with the kids and teach them flag etiquette,” said Wilbur Swanson, an American Legion Commander for Post 71.

“We’re representing veterans who served in the war and helped serve our country,” said Noelle Vesel, a fourth grader.

Once the National Anthem ended, students sang a number of classic patriotic songs like “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Anchors Aweigh,” and more.

“This programs brings me to tears every year! I love it, it’s my favorite,” said Michelle Buhler, a veteran and parent of Ella and Ethan Buhler who go to Raleigh.

Family members made sure to capture the moments as they sang along and exchanged tears, smiles, and laughs.

“It was nice watching how cute the kids were and how proud they were to sing and wave at the parents,” said Tech. Sgt. Jaime Joseph, parent of Laythem Joseph, a third grader at Raleigh. It was his first time attending the event.

Ella Buhler dedicated one of the songs to her dad who’s currently serving.

“He’s in the army branch so I sang the army song as a thing for him,” said Ella.

The presentation is especially important to families who have served the country.

“I was actually really happy because this is the first Veterans Day program he’s ever been able to make because he’s been working,” said Laythem about his dad.

“It means a lot, I know my son looks up to me and I think it’s very important that kids, when they’re young, are taught that veterans are an important part of our country,” said Jaime Joseph.

Students also made a video, where they talked about how grateful they are for all veterans. It’s a message everyone in the room takes away about what Veterans Day is all about.

“This is our way to say thank you to veterans for serving our country,” said Phoebe Bruad, a third grader.


Alejandra Palacios

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