Community, schools honor veterans at events
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:14 AM
MARYSVILLE Schools around town will honor Americas service personnel in many ways this week. While Veterans Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11, several schools will hold assemblies and receptions for veterans the week before. There is also a number of community events slated to honor veterans.
Marshall Elementary School will host a Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. The Wednesday meeting will feature songs by the school choir and readings of poetry about veterans. The festival is organized by Heather Moll, a music teacher in her third-year at the school just off of the intersection of 116th Street NE and State Avenue.
Were singing songs about veterans and America and then well read poetry about veterans too, Moll said. Weve done a veterans program each year, but this is the first time weve done a singing program.
The children were still selecting poems at press time, but they had settled on at least three songs for the show, including This is America, I Love My Country, and American Tears, according to Moll.
The entire third grade will be involved in the program and the kids are getting psyched already, Moll said.
Theyre excited, Moll said. We want to invite anyone who wants to come.
The show will be at Marshall Elementary School, 4407 116th St. NE in Marysville. For more information call Heather Moll at 360-657-6668.
Marysville-Pilchuck High School will have a public event the evening of Nov. 8 at 6:55 p.m. The Pass-in-Review will feature a color guard comprised of the M-PHS NJROTC TOMAHAWK company and a visit by U.S. Navy Strike Group commander Rear Admiral John Goodwin and Marysville Mayor Dennis Kendall, among other local dignitaries. The Navy Band Northwest will also play.
Its something we do every year, said Ed Dawson, Master Chief Petty Officer in charge of the M-PHS Junior ROTC program.
To RSVP call 360-657-6027. Military personnel are urged to wear service dress blue and civilians should wear appropriate attire. M-PHS is located at 5611 108th St. NE.
Marysville Arts & Technology High School and Quil Ceda Elementary School will host Veterans Day assemblies on Nov 8; A&T at 12:30 p.m. and Quilceda at 2 p.m. Dawsons TOMAHAWK company from M-PHS will be the color guard for both ceremonies.
Masters Touch Christian School in Arlington will host an assembly to honor veterans on Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium at 135 S. French Street. The public is welcome to attend.
American Legion Post 178 will host a free chili luncheon to honor all veterans on Friday, Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The annual event is held at the Post Hall at 115 Cedar Avenue and is open to the public.
The post has held the lunch for 20 or 30 years, according to commander Jim Sewell, a U.S. Navy Veteran still serving in the reserves.
We do it every year, Sewell said. Its basically just an open house for all the veterans in the area to get together and share some time together.
He said its always great to have the chance to socialize with others and to share war stories and memories, but its also a great opportunity to make sure the countrys vets are being taken care of. A core membership is always on hand to help older veterans with paperwork or to straighten out administrative snafus with red tape or other concerns. There are usually about at least 50 people at the luncheon, and Sewell wants to increase that turnout as the older generations of service personnel just fade away.
We really would like to get some younger veterans involved, Sewell said. For more information about the veterans luncheon or the American Legion, call Sewell at 360-659-7130.
The Everett Senior Activity Center will host a free USO Dance to honor veterans from 1 - 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at the senior center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in downtown Everett.
The event will feature the Moonlight Swing Orchestra, refreshments and displays of uniforms and clothing from the 1940s. The event will include dancers from Olys at the Dorothy Jayne Studio, singers from NW Savoyards, the senior centers Sunshine Singer and old-time USO singers as well as various other performers. All veterans are welcome to attend, and can drop in for an hour or two at any time.
The USO was incorporated in 1941 as the United Service Organizations after six agencies came together including YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community Service, National Jewish Welfare Board, Salvation Army and National Travelers Aid Association.
The Senior Center staff decided to put on the first-time dance to create a unique activity for veterans. The USO dance will be reminiscent of the entertainment provided to troops by the USO in the 1940s during World War II. Many members of the senior center served this country during that time and have fond memories of USO activities.
The event will include traditional USO dance food including coffee, hot dogs, peanut butter sandwiches, donuts, Hershey chocolate bars and Coca-Cola. The Puget Sound Area USO will provide donuts.
We clearly value the contribution made by our veterans, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said. This event will allow our veterans from the Greatest Generation to remember the good times during our countrys social struggle during WWII.
The event is hosted by the Everett Senior Activity Center and sponsored by the following individuals, businesses and organizations: Snohomish County Department of Human Services, Apollo Neon Signs, Barbara Kindness, Bargreen, Charlene Rawson, Coca-Cola, Compass Health, Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Debra Loughrey-Johnson, Emorys on Silver Lake, Everett Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Everett Countrywide Home Loans, Everett Plaza, Everett Senior Center Foundation Board, Everett Symphony, Fleet Reserve Association BR 170, Franz Bakery, Friends in Fitness at Everett Mall, Grandview Village, Marysville, Guaranty Mortgage, Gussie & Gerties Costume Rental & Design, Ilene Levering; Jim Rowell, Kathy Blas & Residents of Everett Plaza, Katies Adult Home, Marysville, Lamoureux Real Estate, Lindas Adult Family Home, Marysville Care Center, Pacific Power Batteries, Pleasant Valley Farms; Purdy & Walters with Cassidy, Roy Robinson Chevrolet/Subaru/RV, Marysville; Senior Services of Snohomish County, Nutrition Program, Stewart Title of Snohomish Co., Structural Design Association, U.S. Navy, Puget Sound Area USO, and Washington Oakes.