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 includes a wreath-laying with students and parents from the different military branches, and a pass and review featuring high school JROTC units from Brennan, Harlan, Holmes, and Taft high schools. Music will be provided by the Briscoe band and Hoffmann and Briscoe choirs. Special guest speakers include Medal of Honor recipient SSgt. Ty Carter and State Representative Philip Cortez.
Leon Valley Elementary School
The Leon Valley ES Veterans Day ceremony included performances from the Marshall HS jazz band and choir along with the Leon Valley ES choir. American Legion Post 336 posted the colors and participated in the ceremony which recognized all branches of the military. Other special guests included Northside and City of Leon Valley officials.
O’Connor High School
Senior members of the O’Connor High School AFJROTC dressed in Airman’s Battle Dress Uniform (ABU) and raised the flags at the school flag pole. A ceremony in the auditorium included the O’Connor Band Ensemble playing service songs as veterans were recognized with certificates. Their guest speaker was USAF Col (ret) Phillip Vaneau, an F-16 fighter pilot. Later in the day cadet officers participated in a Veterans Day ceremony at Silver Creek Manor Nursing Home.
Leon Springs Elementary School
The Leon Springs Elementary School choir performed at the school’s ceremony. Special guests included Mayor Ron Nirenberg and speaker USAF Lt. Col (ret) George Berg.
John Jay High School
John Jay JROTC cadets honored veterans in their community at a ceremony on the football field that included a ROTC pass and review and certificates of appreciation to veterans. The school has one of the largest AF JROTC programs in the country.
Visit the Northside Facebook page for an album of pictures from Veterans Day celebrations.