Veterans get a hero's salute at Northside ISD

November 11, 2010
Brandeis High School Air Force JROTC cadets, from left, Jordan Lively, Felicia Mendoza, and Marcus Puente prepare to raise the flag to half-staff in honor of veterans who have died serving the country.

Dozens of schools across the District held patriotic ceremonies Thursday morning to honor veterans and to thank them for their service to this nation.

At Brandeis High School, the Air Force JROTC unit, band, choir and staff members paid homage to about 50 Northside ISD employees who also are veterans. The ceremony has become an annual tradition at Brandeis, which opened in 2008.

After the Spar Spangled Banner and taps, the band played the song for each branch of the Armed Services.

Staff, students, and parents at Beard Elementary School hand-made 1,200 blank greeting cards for family members to send to loved ones stationed overseas.

"It gives us an opportunity to recognize veterans," Brandeis Principal Geri Berger said. "More significantly, we’re able to give a real face to veterans so our students realize that these are the people who have fought for our freedom."

Nearby at Beard Elementary, students presented 1,200 hand-made, blank greeting cards to commanders from San Antonio’s military bases. Last month, staff members, students and parents created the cards for family members to send to loved ones who are deployed overseas.

Beard Elementary School first grader Reid Gilbert presents hundreds of hand-made greeting cards to U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Johnson, who is stationed at Fort Sam Houston.

Each military family will receive a set of 12 cards, designed with a theme for each month of the year.

More than 80 veterans and service members were invited to participate in special ceremony at the school’s outdoor amphitheatre.

"It's a wonderful feeling to have that sense of honor coming from the kids," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mike Clemenshaw, whose son is a fifth grader at Beard. And, "we're able to share our traditions and customs with the children who don't have a military background."