Schools host Veterans Day celebrations

November 11, 2016

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. These are highlights from the events at some Northside schools and departments.  

Briscoe Middle School and Hoffmann Elementary School

More than 1,700 students 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 Holmes, Taft, and Brennan high school JROTC units. Music was provided by the Briscoe band and Hoffmann and Briscoe choirs.  A Briscoe student performed Taps and Briscoe faculty sang “Amazing Grace” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Special guests included veterans representing World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Desert Freedom. Staff members from each campus who are veterans were also recognized.

Brandeis High School

Each year, Brandeis High School invites veterans who work in Central Office departments to be recognized at this 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.

Hector Garcia Middle School

Students and teachers at Hector Garcia Middle School commemorated Veterans Day by decorating classroom doors in honor of the military and assembling care packages for service members at Lackland AFB.

John Jay High School

John Jay JROTC cadets honored veterans in their community at a ceremony in the school auditorium. The school has one of the largest AF JROTC programs in the country. 

Aue Elementary School

The Aue ES Veterans Day ceremony included special guest speakers, and Aue ES parents, Clint and Jennifer Cornelison who both have served in the Air Force Security Forces, and between them, have been deployed eight times. Mr. Cornelison is currently lead instructor for the Canine Training Center at Lackland AFB, and brought a canine to demonstrate the roles that service dogs play in national security efforts. The school created a Military Wall of Honor in the foyer and held a hallway parade immediately following the ceremony.

Lewis Elementary School

Students, staff, parents, and community members celebrated Veterans Day at Lewis ES with speaker, U.S. Air Force veteran, Alex Villalpando, and Bob Lewis, school namesake and Army veteran. Since it opened in 2001, Lewis ES has had a high population of students whose parents are in the military. The students and staff work together to create the Wall of Honor displaying all of the community heroes who have served our country and guaranteed our freedom.

Leon Valley Elementary School

Congressman Will Hurd was the keynote speaker at the Leon Valley ES Veterans Day program. The Marshall HS Jazz Band also performed. Hurd attended Leon Valley ES and is a graduate of Marshall HS.

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