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Honoring veterans

South Point, Burlington host programs for locals who served

SOUTH POINT — Students and faculty at South Point Elementary honored veterans for their service on Thursday, with an assembly in the school’s gymnasium.

About 30 local veterans were treated to a reception in the library before being led in a procession into the event, where the student body was gathered.

“You’re following Mr. Christian’s lead,” principal Chris Mathes said as each entered.
Bill Christian, the school’s administrative assistant then led the room in a cheer for each, as the children waived American flags.

At the front of the room was the school’s fourth grade class, who stood on the risers as each veteran was introduced, accompanied by a student or faculty family member.

The afternoon’s program was put together by fourth grade teacher Jill Young, Christian said.

“We’ve done this event every year,” he said. “But this the biggest one we’ve had.”

The entire room sang the national anthem and recited the pledge of allegiance. Then, members of the fourth grade class then read poems and shared information on the holiday, followed by the grade’s choir singing three patriotic selections.

Mathes wrapped up the event by thanking those who came to the school.

“To our special guests, we hope we honored you and thank you for your service,” he said. “Without it, we wouldn’t be here today.”

The schools district’s other K-5 school, Burlington Elementary hosted their annual veterans event earlier in the day, featuring music, recognition of local service members and guest speakers, including Sgt. Ashley Moorehouse.

The program was concluded with the playing of bagpipes by guest Roger Casey.

For photos from Burlington’s program, check out the Focus page on page 1C.