Eva Turner stu­dents honor vet­er­ans at event

Ac­tive, re­tired mil­i­tar y per­son­nel pre­sented cer­tifi­cates

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

On Fri­day, Eva Turner El­e­men­tary School hon­ored the he­roes in its midst by pre­sent­ing cer- tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to stu­dents’ par­ents, fam­ily mem­bers and friends who served or are serv­ing in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The sec­ond an­nual Vet- er­ans Day Cel­e­bra­tion at Eva Turner was led by the school’s vice princi- pal, Ja­son Deihl, him­self a veteran.

“In 2007, I, like all the vet­er­ans who are sit­ting here to­day, took a leap and I raised my right hand to de­fend the Unit- ed States Con­sti­tu­tion from all ene­mies, went off to ba­sic train­ing, be­came a sol­dier, be­came a part of the great­est army on the face of this earth,” Deihl said.

Deihl said that, when he was the age of Eva Turner’s stu­dents, he didn’t re­ally un­der­stand the cour- age, com­mit­ment and sac­ri­fice re­quired of U.S. ser­vice mem­bers.

“I want our stu­dents to un­der­stand, be­cause the peo­ple that are sit- ting here have risked and sac­ri­ficed more than peo­ple can ever imag- ine. They’ve spent time away from their loved ones, they’ve spent time away from their fam­i­lies, they’ve spent time away from their chil­dren,” Deihl said. “That’s a huge sac­ri­fice, it re­ally is, and I didn’t re­al­ize it un­til I was in that po­si­tion my­self.”

Deihl thanked the vet­er­ans who at­tended, 25 in all, for their ser­vice to their coun­try, and each was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the school.

“We owe them our lives, our free­dom, our abil­ity to live as we please,” Deihl said.

Vet­er­ans Day be­gan as Ar­mistice Day, to com­mem­o­rate the Nov. 11, 1918, ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties that ended World War I.

In 1954, Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower signed a bill chang­ing the hol­i­day to Vet­er­ans Day, and des­ig­nat­ing it a day to honor all vet­er­ans, liv­ing and de­ceased.

“While the name has changed over the years, the pur­pose has re­mained un­changed: to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fice of those who have died and to honor those who are still with us. We owe so much to our vet­er­ans,” Deihl said.

Stu­dent Jayla Kel­ley read a poem, “The Best on Earth,” and Latoya Ligonde’s third grade class per­formed “God Bless Amer­ica.”

Fifth grade stu­dent Naima Ligonde later read the poem, “The Noble and the Brave” and mu­sic teacher Stephanie Boyer per­formed “God Bless the U.S.A.”

“We will not take th­ese lib­er­ties that you fought for for granted,” Or­lena What­ley, Eva Turner’s prin­ci­pal, told vet­er­ans.

The pro­gram con­cluded with stu­dents lead­ing a pa­rade in honor of vet­er­ans.

Eva Turner El­e­men­tary School Prin­ci­pal Or­lena What­ley leads ap­plause for vet­er­ans who at­tended the school’s Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram Fri­day. STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Eva Turner mu­sic teacher Stephanie Boyer leads third graders in a per­for­mance of “God Bless Amer­ica.”

Eva Turner El­e­men­tary School stu­dent Jayla Kel­ley reads the poem, “The Best on Earth.”

Eva Turner El­e­men­tary School Vice Prin­ci­pal Ja­son Deihl presents U.S. Air Force veteran Ca­role Cy­press with a cer­tifi­cate dur­ing the school’s Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram Fri­day.

Eva Turner El­e­men­tary School stu­dents hold their hands over their hearts for a per­for­mance of “The Star Span­gled Ban­ner” dur­ing the school’s Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram Fri­day.

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