Schools plan events to salute veterans
Local schools will honor veterans today:
Bay Point Middle, St. Petersburg
Eighth-graders will have a "shoe box parade." They will research U.S. conflicts and create an illustration using the shoe boxes, which will be displayed in the school library. Other classes will view a PowerPoint of the Unknown Soldier.
Cypress Woods Elementary, Palm Harbor
Activities begin at 12:15 p.m. on the P.E. court. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will speak. The East Lake High Honor Guard and Cypress Woods fourth- and fifth-grade chorus will perform. Current and retired military personnel, plus veterans from the Allegro Senior Living Center, will be recognized. The "wall of honor," with a star representing current/retired military families, will be displayed. A flock of doves will be released. A Coast Guard helicopter flyover is scheduled.
Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with "Take a Vet to School Day." Students will receive shirts, dog tags and wristbands. Veterans and Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers will attend.
Dunedin Highland Middle
Students will play the bagpipes, and visiting veterans will be acknowledged.
The Naval Junior ROTC will lead a ceremony from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Memorial Stadium.
Lake St. George Elementary, Palm Harbor
A parade begins at 9 a.m. led by VFW Color Guard, followed by military personnel and students. Students will sing military anthems. The chorus will perform patriotic songs; students will read essays on patriotism. A moment of silence will be observed after taps.
School announcements will include a patriotic slide show and acknowledge veterans on staff.
Palm Harbor Middle
Two programs are scheduled — at 9:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. — in the school courtyard. The Wall of Remembrance will include more than 800 names of relatives, staffers and community members written by teacher Tony George. George and his shop class built the wall in 1986 in memory of George's brother, who was killed during World War II. A ceremony will feature the Clearwater High Marine Corps Junior ROTC, patriotic speeches by students, music and the placing of carnations at the wall.
Safety Harbor Elementary
At 8:35 a.m. at the school flagpole, the school will gather for announcements and speeches. The fifth-grade chorus/flag corps will present a medley of hymns to honor veterans. A 10:30 a.m. concert by second-graders will include songs, speeches, a slide show and a standing ovation for veterans.
Pinellas Technical Education Centers
* Extended Transition Program
At 8:30 a.m., students will visit Bay Pines Medical Center in St. Petersburg. At 10 a.m., U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young is scheduled to speak.
* St. Petersburg Campus
At 8 a.m. at the flagpole, the Pinellas County Honor Guard of the Veterans' Liaison Council will raise the flag, play taps, a 21-gun salute and present a history of the flag. The school TV production program will do an in-house salute to veterans.
Source: Pinellas County School District