Veterans Day 2016: Wicomico Students, Schools Honor Those Who Serve
Wicomico JROTC, Mardela Middle and High PTA, North Salisbury and Pemberton Schools Hold Veterans Day Activities
Posted on 11/10/2016

Many Wicomico students will participate in special Veterans Day programs and learning activities as Veterans Day is observed on Friday, Nov. 11. Some Veterans Day activities are already taking place. Here are a few of the Veterans Day learning activities in our schools.

 

Sunday, Nov. 6

Students from the Wicomico High School JROTC met at Wicomico Memorial Park in Salisbury Sunday to place more than 150 flags at the graves of veterans.

 

Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

The Mardela Middle and High School PTA is honored to present its Veterans Day Program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in the school cafeteria. A wonderful speaker will share his experiences, and there will be band and choral presentations. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend to help honor veterans. 410-677-5142

 

Friday, Nov. 11

North Salisbury Elementary will hold its annual Veterans Day assembly, hosted by fifth-graders, at 9 a.m. Nov. 11. Schools are a vital setting for establishing a meaningful connection between veterans and students. Through their service in uniform, veterans have invested themselves in the security, safety and well-being in our nation. NSS is honored to salute our veterans and say thank you for their service to our country. All students were encouraged to write a letter to a veteran in our community, and invite them to the program. The program will include a timeline of America’s wars, a history of the origin of Veterans Day, and recognition of all veterans in attendance. In addition, the NSS Chorus will perform a patriotic song. Students will learn about the history and function of the U.S. Coast Guard from the program’s guest speaker, who serves with the Coast Guard in Ocean City.

 

Pemberton Elementary students will present a special Veterans Day performance called “Honor Our Heroes” at 9:30 a.m. Wicomico JROTC will provide a color guard for the program.

 

The Wicomico High School JROTC Honor Guard will participate in the community’s Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. The Wicomico County War Memorial Committee invites the community to join in honoring our military veterans at this ceremony at the Wicomico County War Memorial, located directly in front of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center at 500 Glen Ave. in Salisbury.  In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

The ceremony, which is being coordinated by the Wicomico County War Memorial Committee, includes patriotic music, prayer and remembrance to honor all veterans. Veterans Day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military, in wartime or peacetime. 

Veterans Day, initially termed Armistice Day, was created to honor World War I veterans and celebrate the official ending of the First World War which occurred at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, legislation was approved by the 83rd U.S. Congress to change the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day – thereby making Nov. 11 a day in which all American veterans of wars could be honored.

The Wicomico County War Memorial at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center is a fitting location for this ceremony as the Civic Center is itself a living war memorial to all veterans.  At the outside Wicomico County War Memorial, flags from each service branch, along with a United States, Maryland, Wicomico County and the POW-MIA flag now proudly fly over a brick wall displaying bronze plaques with the names of Wicomico County’s fallen veterans from World War II and beyond.  To learn more about the Wicomico County War Veterans Memorial and the men and women it was built to honor, visit http://www.wicomicociviccenter.org/about-the-center/war-memorial.