Gravette Up­per El­e­men­tary, Mid­dle School honor vets

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GRAVETTE — Stu­dents at Gravette Up­per El­e­men­tary School and Gravette Mid­dle School com­bined for an as­sem­bly to honor area veter­ans Fri­day morn­ing, Nov. 9. The as­sem­bly was held at 10 a.m. in the com­pe­ti­tion gym.

McKenna Fra­zier wel­comed all who at­tended and rec­og­nized area veter­ans in the au­di­ence. The au­di­ence stood while McKenzie Elsea led the pledge of al­le­giance to the flag, and Kee­ley Elsea said a prayer to be­gin the pro­gram. Mem­bers of the Gravette Mid­dle School band per­formed “The Star Span­gled Ban­ner” and “Fight­ing Fal­con March” as a mu­si­cal trib­ute to the veter­ans.

Car­ley Robin­son in­tro­duced the Mid­dle School choir, which sang “Salute to the Armed Forces,” a med­ley of songs from the var­i­ous branches of the mil­i­tary, fol­lowed by “My Amer­ica,” per­formed by the com­bined Up­per El­e­men­tary and Mid­dle School choirs. The choirs were un­der the di­rec­tion of Kris Schoeppey, choir in­struc­tor. Rachel Gal­loway, a choir in­struc­tor, pro­vided mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment on the pi­ano.

Jen­nifer Archer, a mid­dle school teacher, in­tro­duced the guest speaker, Josh Pea­cock. Pea­cock is a U.S. Navy vet­eran who spent eight years in the mil­i­tary. He en­listed in the Navy in 2004 and served with the Ma­rine Corps in­fantry as a medic. He served at sev­eral posts in the United States be­fore de­ploy­ing to the Al An­bar Prov­ince in Iraq the sum­mer of 2009, where he served for a year. He left the Navy in 2012 with the rank of Hos­pi­tal Corps­man Petty Of­fi­cer 2nd Class and had earned the Fleet Ma­rine Force war­fare in­signia.

Pea­cock told the stu­dents that the mem­bers of the mil­i­tary formed a broth­er­hood and fo­cused on tak­ing care of each other. He en­cour­aged them to like­wise treat their class­mates, friends and fam­ily mem­bers with love and re­spect.

Fol­low­ing Pea­cock’s talk, a video slideshow pre­pared by mem­bers of the Builders Club was pre­sented. It dis­played pho­tos of many area veter­ans who are friends and fam­ily mem­bers of Gravette stu­dents and fac­ulty. “Taps” was played at the con­clu­sion of the slideshow.

Alisa Corke, a mid­dle school teacher, thanked all veter­ans in at­ten­dance, say­ing “the sac­ri­fice and work given by all veter­ans are greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by Gravette schools,” and con­cluded the pro­gram with prayer. The Mid­dle School band played a fi­nal mu­si­cal num­ber.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

Mem­bers of the Gravette Mid­dle School choir sing “Salute to the Armed Forces,” a med­ley of songs hon­or­ing var­i­ous branches of the mil­i­tary, at an as­sem­bly Fri­day morn­ing, Nov. 9, in the com­pe­ti­tion gym. The pa­tri­otic pro­gram hon­or­ing veter­ans also fea­tured a video salute pre­pared by the Builders Club.

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