Lockerman celebrates Veterans Day
DENTON — Lockerman Middle School recently held its annual Veterans Day celebration, inviting local veterans to a spaghetti dinner and program.
The school band and chorus provided entertainment with patriotic music, as well as a moving solo performance by eighth grade teacher Shawn Parks. All 19 veterans in attendance shared details of their service with the audience.
Ernst S. Sellig, 96, was the most senior veteran in attendance. He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of captain after 22 years of service, and is a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Sellig said he has vivid memories of Adolph Hitler coming to power in Germany. At the age of 16, Sellig’s parents sent him to live with an uncle in America, and his younger brothers were sent to England on a Kindertransport, (German for “children’s transport”), an organized rescue effort in the months prior to World War II. Sellig’s parents stayed in Germany and were both murdered in separate concentration camps.
Sellig has been a regular attendee of the Lockerman Middle School Veteran’s Day celebration for more than a decade, and each year, the school community is honored to serve him dinner and perform for him and other veterans in attendance.
“We are honored to invite local veterans to the school to pay tribute to them, and grateful they are willing to come and share with our students,” said Principal Nikki VonDenBosch. “Stories like Mr. Selig’s are moving and emotional, and teach our children histor y in ways that textbooks cannot. The LMS staff and students look forward to this celebration of our local heroes every year.”
Photos from the event, courtesy of Charmaine Bacorn, can be found on Caroline County Public Schools’ Flickr page.
Veterans were invited to take part in Lockerman Middle School’s annual Veteran’s Day celebration.