Veterans Day is a big deal to area schools.
The following includes plans shared with The Times by school officials:
West Hall schools will hold an event today, the night before Veterans Day, with 9th District U.S. Rep. Doug Collins speaking.
Collins has served as a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves since 2002. In 2008, he served a combat tour stationed at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq.
The veterans event is 6:30 p.m. at the West Hall High School gym and is open to the public. Students from Flowery Branch and Oakwood elementaries along with West Hall Middle and High students will be performing instrumental and choral music.
On Veterans Day, many schools will have special activities.
Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, adjutant general of Georgia, will speak at the middle school campus of the World Language Academy before he and those students visit the primary campus for a flyover and color guard presentation scheduled for 9 a.m. There will then be a walk to raise money for the school and veterans.
Flowery Branch High School will have Navy SEAL Frank Cutler speaking in the auditorium during first and second period on Tuesday. Cutler served for more than 31 years and currently mentors other SEALs. Principal Jason Carter also will take veterans on his staff out to lunch that day.
Friendship Elementary School will hold an assembly to recognize veterans in the school family and community. There will also be a guest speaker and patriotic singing.
Spout Springs School of Enrichment will have veterans and their families visit for breakfast and a brief program at 7:30 a.m. Veterans will then walk the hallways as students hold cards, banners and flags.
Tadmore Elementary School will hold a program at 9 a.m., preceded by a small reception honoring the veterans.
Riverbend Elementary School will hold a 10 a.m. assembly featuring readings of some students’ writings about veterans; other writings will be posted in the halls. Veterans are also invited to have lunch at the school.
Mount Vernon Exploratory School will have photos posted in a Veterans Wall of Fame of veterans, both living and deceased, and those currently serving in the military. All local veterans and current military are also invited to lunch.
Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry is also inviting veterans, along with first responders, to lunch. The event from 12:30-2 p.m. will also include a parade, presentation of colors by the Hall County Honor Guard and music by the schools’ chorus. Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch is scheduled to speak.
Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy will hold a reception at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center for veterans and other service personnel. A schoolwide assembly will follow at 1:10 in the gym, with Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield speaking. The White County honor guard will be part of the assembly along with the school’s orchestra and chorus.
Lyman Hall Elementary will have a Veterans Day breakfast.
C.W. Davis Middle School will have a guest speaker and performances including the school chorus and band at a 10 a.m. ceremony. All veterans are invited.
The Academies at Wood’s Mill in Gainesville will have a student-led assembly including histories of Veterans Day, “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the American flag, along with musical performances and recognition of local veterans.
At the college level, the University of North Georgia will hold a parade and military review at 4 p.m. on the Gen. William “Lipp” Livsey Drill Field at the Dahlonega campus.
The event is free and open to the public. It will include a review of the Corps of Cadets, drill exhibition by the Blue Ridge Rifles Precision Drill Team, performance by the Golden Eagle Band and the Patriot Choir singing the national anthem.
Retired Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, president of Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, will speak.
Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs due to limited seating. In the event of bad weather, the review will be held at the Student Recreation Center.
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