Rivergate School Honors Veterans

January 01, 2007 | Gary McLain

Rivergate Elementary School in Gladstone, Ore., hosted a Veterans Day Program for the community and school on Nov. 10, 2006.

The program started with the Rivergate Band playing "American Spirit March." Ann Campbell, Rivergate School principal, welcomed everyone and opened the program with prayer. Posting of the Colors was by our own community veterans—John Reeves, Marine Corps; Cash Catrell, Army; Rick Frazee, Navy; Ed Binder, Marine Corps; and Jim Erickson, Air Force.

The program continued with the Pledge of Allegiance and a short speech on respecting our flag by Rick Frazee, Navy. Various musical groups performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful" among other musical numbers.

Dan Conner, Senior Master Sergeant and father of a Rivergate student, was the featured speaker. This part of the ceremony concluded with a moment of silence honoring our veterans. Each veteran received flowers, which the students helped distribute.

To close the entire program, the students of Rivergate stood around the outside of the gym and sang "God Bless America with a Prayer."