Saluda County Schools held recognition ceremonies on November 10th honoring Veterans for their service to our country.
Many of our local veterans were recognized at our schools, beginning with breakfast at Saluda Elementary. Following breakfast- veterans, community members, students, and staff enjoyed the recognition ceremony in honor of Veteran’s Day. The Saluda High School NJROTC presented the Colors. Allison Shealy sounded out “Taps” on the bugle. McKenzie Rodgers spoke on the origins of Veterans Day. Haiya Holloway, Alexis Jeffcoat , Malachi Dennis and Kylie Rabon read poems. Saluda Elementary Honor’s choir sang patriotic songs. Guest speakers were Lucy Phillips and James Holloway.
At 10:30, veterans and their families traveled on to Saluda High School to continue the celebration. After the Presentation of Colors, and the Pledge of Allegiance, SHS student, Hector Ortiz, spoke and thanked all veterans for their service. Tables were decorated in a patriotic theme with notes of appreciation for veterans to read and take home. Students enjoyed getting to know the veterans while they ate lunch together at Saluda High School and Saluda Middle School.
Saluda Primary School also honored veterans with a program on Friday, November 10. Students studied the meaning of Veteran’s Day and chose how to show thanks to our service men and women. SHS JROTC presented the colors and Christal Gulledge, Instructional Assistant sang The Star Spangled Banner. Kindergarten classes wrote thank you letters that were presented to veterans in attendance. First and second grade students shared a poem and words of thanks on behalf of their classmates. The ceremony ended with Ms. Vivian Coleman leading the entire school in God Bless America, which the children learned as part of their Veteran's Day studies.
This special day of honoring our veterans concluded at Hollywood Elementary School with a show of respect, honor and gratitude. Saluda High School NJROTC presented the Colors. Lessie Freeman spoke about the history and signed proclamation making November 11th- Veteran’s Day. Students explained the significance of the white table honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans in attendance were recognized. Students read thank you notes to our veterans in appreciation of their service. The program ended with songs of patriotism led by Mr. Josh Wilson and HES choir.