Smith Elementary honored Veterans in the community at its annual Veterans Day Remembrance on November 11, 2013 at three ceremonies throughout the day and evening. Smith Principal, Matt Kimball, recognized all visiting Veterans, city officials, Frisco ISD administration and school board members by name.
After Smith Cub Scouts from Troop #282 presented the colors, the Smith Treblemakers Choir sang “God Bless America” under the leadership of Janis Dahl, Smith’s music teacher. The choir sang “America the Beautiful” and “American Tears” later during the program which sprung a few tears of its own.
Smith students shared letters, poems and essays they wrote about what Veterans mean to them. Olivia Hankins thanked the veterans by quoting Abraham Lincoln: “Honor to the soldier, and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.”
Frisco City Council member Major Timothy Nelson, USAR, was keynote speaker. Major Nelson spoke on the children’s level by using the example of doing without their favorite toys or games, or having to be without their family as he shared what sacrifices men and women have made on our behalf over the years. He spoke to the Veterans about how difficult a day like today can sometimes be as they remember the days of their service. Major Nelson invited his own children, Jonathan and Claire, who are Smith students, to the podium to show his appreciation for family and the sacrifices they have to make when Daddy goes away to serve our country.
A reception honoring Veterans and guests followed the morning ceremonies in the school’s library, where Veterans from several generations shared stories of their years of service in the different branches of the military.