Poteet Junior High presents special letters to veteransFree Access

On Friday, Nov. 10 the Poteet Junior High held its 4th Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration in the junior high cafeteria at 9 a.m. Veterans, families of students and the community were all encouraged to attend the event orchestrated by ELAR Department Chair, Victoria Rodriguez. The event included the presentation of colors, singing of patriotic songs by the junior high choir, and student essay letter presentations.

After introductory statements, a group of junior high students presented the U.S. and Texas flags along with the military colors instructed by Officer Vasquez of the Poteet Police Department.

Once the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance were recited, a total of 18 students took turns presenting essay letters in front of the staff, parents, veterans and fellow students in attendance.

“Students were asked to choose from two topic questions to write about for their essay letters for today’s event: ‘Why should we appreciate veterans?’ and ‘What does a veteran mean to you?’, said Rodriguez.

Some students who presented came from military families themselves, such as 8th grader Jack Carrasco, “I’m proud to know that my dad has served in the military,” whose father deployed before Carrasco was born and at one point did not return home after his tour ended. Jack and his mother did not know what happened and never heard from him until he came home one day. “It shouldn’t be just one day that we appreciate our veterans. It should be everyday because we never know if they might come back or not,” Carrasco said in his essay letter.

Sixth grader Libby Foster felt the same way, “My grandpa was in the Air Force. He passed away last year and it was hard. We need to remember to honor all veterans while we still can.”

Students continuously said encouraging things about veterans as the presentations went on, including 7th grader Sloan Martinez, “We don’t give these men and women enough credit.” A few even said more to and about our veterans such as ‘You are the United States’ truest hero’ and ‘Without you, where would our country be?’

The event concluded with the playing of Military Taps by Poteet High School sophomore Derek Lozano and the singing of “God Bless America” by the junior high choir.

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