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Knox County Schools Hosts Variety of Veterans Day Celebrations

Knox County Schools is excited to host a variety of Veterans Day celebrations in honor of the men and women who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces. Some of the specific programming occurring is outlined below:
Thursday, Nov. 10:
  • East Knox County Elementary will honor and celebrate veterans with a breakfast, then attending veterans will visit individual classrooms to speak to students about how their service instilled characteristics of loyalty, respect and bravery.
  • West View Elementary will join the West High Color Guard at 1:30 p.m. for a program for family and neighborhood veterans and current servicemen and women. Students will sing and the winning essays from a school contest will be read. All distinguished guests will be invited to a reception.
  • Cedar Bluff Elementary will host an art gallery and music program from 6-7 p.m. in the gym. The program will feature art and music programming honoring veterans, including a slideshow of veterans with connections to the school and community presented by the fifth grade class.
  • Adrian Burnett will be honoring veterans in a program full of music and script at 6:30 p.m. at Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Halls.
  • Karns Elementary Chorus will perform at 6:30 p.m. The program will repeat at 8 a.m. on Friday. The Karns High School Color Guard will present the colors at both programs.
Friday, Nov. 11:
  • Holston Middle will host two morning assemblies during which their show choir and seventh and eighth grade bands will perform.
  • A.L. Lotts will host a veteran parade in their school hallways at 8 a.m. and then host a 30 minute program for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders right after.
  • Blue Grass Elementary will host its annual Veterans Day Assemblies in the gymnasium (K-2 program at 8:30 a.m. and 3-5 program at 9:45 a.m.). The programs are 25-30 minutes long and honors veteran men and women from the Bluegrass community.
  • Halls Elementary will hold a Veterans Day Program at 8:30 a.m. during which they will honor all branches of service with a brief skit performed by students and an address to students from a veteran. Veterans in attendance have been asked to wear their uniform or service caps.
  • Sequoyah Elementary will host its second annual Veterans Day Assembly at 8:30 a.m. Purple Heart Veteran Gary Kaplan and Eddie Mannis, who leads the Honor Air Program, will speak to students. The honor guard will also present flags and provide music for the event. During the day students will be talking about Veterans Day in their classes and will have the opportunity to write a veteran in their family.
  • Gibbs High will host their annual Veterans Day Ceremony from 8:40-9 a.m. Members of the JROTC will lead the ceremony and present a Quilt of Valor to a deserving, local veteran. The quilt was made by students in the Gibbs High School FCCLA classes. The Gibbs Ensemble and the band will perform during the event which will close with a release of doves.
  • Sterchi Elementary has invited veterans in their school and community family to a program at 9 a.m. Veterans will be recognized and served desserts and the students will perform a few songs.
  • Gibbs Elementary will host all veterans, active or reserve military, firefighters, first responders, and police officers at a dessert and coffee reception at 1 p.m.
  • Spring Hill Elementary students will gather in the gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. to showcase students singing, showing art work, and reading letters and poems to express their gratitude to those who have served our country.
In addition to the above, 13 KCS high schools will have students marching in the City of Knoxville’s 92nd Veterans Day Parade including Austin East, Bearden, Carter, Central, Farragut, Fulton, Gibbs, Halls, Hardin Valley, Karns, L&N STEM, Powell and South-Doyle. The parade will start at 10:40 a.m. at the Knoxville Coliseum.