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Highland Lakes Schools Salute Veterans During Several Programs

R.J. Richey Elementary School students know how to make veterans feel appreciated. The campus hosts a Veterans Day celebration each year. This year’s Veterans Day Tribute is Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium, 500 E. Graves St. in Burnet. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

While students don’t typically get Veterans Day off (though they do this year because it falls on a Sunday), Highland Lakes youth don’t seem to mind. They use the day to celebrate those the holiday honors: veterans.

At area school districts and campuses, students of all ages are helping honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. This year marks a significant date regarding Veterans Day as it’s the 100th anniversary of Nov. 11, 1918. On that day, Germany and its allies agreed to a cease fire with the United States, Great Britain, France, and their allies to bring an end to World War I.

Initially, Nov. 11 was recognized as Armistice Day in honor of the victory and peace as well as a time to remember those who fought in the war. Over the years, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, which we now celebrate.

Veterans are invited to any, or all, of the Highland Lakes school programs.

Here’s a list of some (we apologize if we missed a school):

• Spicewood Elementary, 1005 Spur 191, is celebrating Veterans Day at 7:35 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The students will start with a musical performance followed by a former Marine giving a speech. The event wraps up with an “appreciation line” to recognize any veteran present. The student council will host a reception afterward for veterans with coffee, juice, and donuts.

• Colt Elementary, 2200 Manzano Mile in Marble Falls, hosts a Veterans Day celebration at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Second-graders will perform a musical program, and the Colt choir, Pitch Perfect, will also sing. They will also show a short video honoring veterans.

• Faith Academy of Marble Falls, 3151 RR 1431 East, is hosting a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

• Bertram Elementary, 315 Main St. in Bertram, holds a Veterans Day Tribute at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, featuring staff and students. Veterans can enjoy a free “All-American Lunch” at 11 a.m.

• Kingsland Charter School, 136 Real St. in Kingsland, is holding a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The Highland Lakes Men’s Chorus will perform along with Kingsland students.

• Llano Elementary School is hosting a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Llano Senior High School auditorium, 2509 Texas 16 in Llano.

• R.J. Richey Elementary, 500 E. Graves St. in Burnet, hosts its Veterans Day Tribute at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Participants include students, the Burnet High School band, musician John Arthur Martinez, and other community members. Veterans can enjoy a free lunch following the program.

• The Llano Junior High Honors Band will present its Veterans Day Patriotic Concert at noon Friday, Nov. 9, on the Llano County Courthouse lawn. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy the performance. The concert is very important to the students because they want to do this for the veterans “who made our country what it it today.”

• Marble Falls Elementary, 301 Avenue U in Marble Falls, is holding a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The students will honor veterans who attend the program as well as those everywhere.

• Marble Falls Middle School, 1511 Pony Circle Drive, is hosting its Veterans Day celebration from 9:55-10:40 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, on the football field, located behind the school.

• Highland Lakes Elementary School, 8200 RR 1431 in Granite Shoals, is hosting Veterans Day activities at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, during the campus’s Round-Up. After the Round-Up, the school will serve breakfast to veterans in the library.

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