Schools host Veterans Day celebrations

November 12, 2015

Northside ISD students and staff recognize the importance and significance of the selfless contributions of our veterans. There were Veterans Day celebrations and recognition ceremonies at schools throughout NISD where parents, grandparents, siblings, and employees who are veterans were saluted. 

Below are highlights from the events at some Northside schools and departments. Watch this NISD-TV video for additional highlights of Veterans Day recognitions across Northside.

Briscoe Middle School and Hoffmann Elementary School

More than 1,700 students will commemorated Veterans Day with a huge ceremony on the Briscoe football field that included a wreath-laying with students and parents from the different military branches, and a pass and review featuring high school JROTC units. Music was provided by the Briscoe band and Hoffmann and Briscoe choirs.  Two faculty members also performed. Special guests included veterans representing World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. A Briscoe student played “Taps” to conclude the ceremony.

Aue Elementary School

The Aue ES Veterans Day ceremony included a live video chat with Aue parent Air Force Major Gary Barber who is deployed in Africa as a physician of emergency medicine. His children and wife were on stage for the chat. The school also created a Military Wall of Honor in the foyer and held a hallway parade immediately following the ceremony.  Learn more from this WOAI story.

Brandeis High School

Each year, Brandeis High School invites veterans who work in Central Office departments to be recognized at the school’s ceremony along with the veterans in their school community. The JROTC leads the flag ceremony, and the Brandeis Band pays musical tribute to all branches of the military.

O’Connor High School

O’Connor High School celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony in the auditorium led by the JROTC and a reception for veterans in the library sponsored by O’Connor faculty.

Hobby Middle School

All 1,000 Hobby students gathered at the flagpole in front of the school for a ceremony that included a flag raising and choir and band performances. The school also surprised their crossing guard, a Korean War veteran, with a flag flown over the US Capitol. Learn more by watching this WOAI story.

John Jay High School

More than 400 John Jay AF JROTC cadets honored veterans in their community at a ceremony in front of the school.  

Clark High School

Among their Veterans Day activities, Clark HS JROTC students visited the classrooms of veterans on their campus to thank them for their service and present them with a token of appreciation.

Warren High School

The Warren AF JROTC hosted a retirement ceremony for Master Sergeant Kenneth Grey, parent of two cadets, who retired after 32 years in the Army. The audience included cadets and family and coworkers of Master Sergeant Grey.  There was a Color Guard and flag presentation and performance by the Warren Jazz Band.

Meadow Village Elementary School

The Meadow Village ES choir performed at their school’s ceremony, but also traveled to the HEB Plus on Marbach Road to sing for the community.

Howsman Elementary School

The special guest speaker at the Howsman ES Veterans Day assembly used to be an Army Drill Sergeant, so Brian Parks had no trouble keeping the attention of all 750 students in the gym as he shared a kid-friendly message about the importance of honoring veterans for their service and sacrifice. Students presented red carnations and homemade cards to all the veterans present.  

Fernandez Elementary School

Guest speaker at the Fernandez ES Veterans Day ceremony was Colonel Lori Jones, US Air Force Reserves, who is also the Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services in Northside. The Connally MS band performed and the Fernandez choir performed the “Armed Forces Medley” for guests, including school namesake and veteran, Raul B. Fernandez. 

Langley Elementary School

Langley ES celebrated Veterans Day with an assembly honoring parents and faculty who are veterans. Boy Scouts posted the colors, the choir sang, first graders presented a skit, and a guest speaker reminded students of the significance of Veterans Day. The ceremony ended with a sing along honoring all branches of the military.

Rudder Middle School

The Rudder MS Veterans Day celebration honored namesake Earl Rudder with the dedication of a bust donated by Texas A&M Press. (Rudder served as president of Texas A&M University.) Special guests included the son and daughter of Earl Rudder and former NISD trustee and namesake, Raul Fernandez. The Rudder children also presented a lithograph of General Rudder to be displayed in the Rudder library. Texas A&M Press Director Shannon Davis also presented the school with multiple resources depicting the life and contributions of General Rudder. The Marshall HS Navy JROTC color guard presented the flags as part of the ceremony.

Brauchle Elementary School

Brauchle Elementary School honored veterans with a ceremony that featured patriotic songs and a reception for military personnel and veterans in attendance. Pictured are Matthew Cruz, displaying the Texas flag, Antonio Trevino, trumpet player from O'Connor HS, and Branden Wilson​ displaying the American flag.​