Desert Vista Elementary students salute military veterans

Military veterans were offered VIP seating Nov. 10 on the amphitheater stage at the Desert Vista Elementary School Veterans Day Remembrance. (Courtesy of AJUSD)

Military veterans were offered VIP seating Nov. 10 on the amphitheater stage at the Desert Vista Elementary School Veterans Day Remembrance. (Courtesy of AJUSD)

 

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, students, staff and families gathered at the amphitheater at Desert Vista Elementary School in the Apache Junction Unified School District to honor veterans with the school’s annual Veterans Day Remembrance.

The ceremony included the presentation of colors and a performance of the rifle drill team, both by the award-winning Apache Junction High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets; the national anthem, sung by AJHS choir students; and the Desert Vista Student Council members reading the “ABC’s of Veterans Day.”

The keynote address was provided by Raymon Carson, U.S. Army Specialist 4th Class, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division.

 

An empty pair of boots and a flag placed center stage at Desert Vista Elementary School's Veterans Day Remembrance honored those who paid the ultimate price for the nation's freedom. (Courtesy of AJUSD)

An empty pair of boots and a flag placed center stage at Desert Vista Elementary School’s Veterans Day Remembrance honored those who paid the ultimate price for the nation’s freedom. (Courtesy of AJUSD)

 

“I come from a long line of military in my family, so Veterans Day means a lot to me,” DVES Principal Pat Smith said at the ceremony. “I was a Navy brat, my kids were Army brats – my great-uncle trained at Williams Field. He lived through Pearl Harbor and was inspired to become a pilot. His B-24 went down over India in 1944, and our family is still actively advocating for the return of his remains along with those of the eight-man crew.

“I am proud of my heritage, and it’s touching that the students and staff at Desert Vista honor Veterans Day as much as I do,” Ms. Smith said.

The Apache Junction Unified School District serves more than 4,500 students in a 217-square mile area that includes the city of Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Peralta Trail, Queen Valley and the unincorporated areas of the Superstition Mountain foothills.

For more information, call 480-982-1110, visit the school’s website or www.facebook.com/ajusd43.

Editor’s note: Dana Hawman is public relations coordinator for the Apache Junction Unified School District.

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