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Rock Creek School celebrates Veterans Day

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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Veterans Day is so important to Rock Creek School that they opted to observe it early. Students, teachers, staff and local veterans filled the school’s multi-purpose room Tuesday morning for a Veterans Day celebration complete with patriotic music and a historical program by the school’s fourth- and fifth-graders. “We cannot thank you enough for all you do,” Scott Pickett, school principal, told the handful of veterans in attendance. Students took turns explaining the history behind such tunes as “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land,” in addition to belting out the songs. Staff joined in the fun, singing “America the Beautiful.” Fourth-grader Chessah Fox said she worked hard to memorize the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, which she recited during Tuesday’s assembly. Chessah thinks people — and kids — of all ages benefit from observing Veterans Day. “It’s to worship the people who helped our country become what it is, and the people who risked their lives to save our country,” she said. First-grader Logan Way brought a special guest to the program — his grandfather, Larry Way, is a disabled Vietnam veteran. Logan said it was “very good to celebrate the assembly” with his grandfather, and to observe Veterans Day at school. “It’s to help our country,” he said. Larry Way agreed with his grandson. “It’s wonderful,” he said of Tuesday’s program. “I think it’s important for them to know who came before them and what they gave up for our liberty.” Susie Hardman, office administrative assistant and coordinator of Tuesday’s celebration, said this is the second time Rock Creek has paid tribute to Veterans Day on campus. “We want our students to know what these men and women have done for them to secure their freedom and to learn about the blessing of living in this country,” she said. __________ An Auburn event since 1919, the 2009 Veterans Day Parade, with the theme “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets,” will honor all veterans of the armed forces. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 601 Lincoln Way, and proceeds to the Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., pausing at the Clock Tower at 11 a.m. for rifle volley tribute followed by taps. Commemorative medals will be awarded to all veterans. American flags will be distributed to spectators along the parade route. A post-parade lunch will be served at the National Guard Armory in the Fairgrounds. All participants and spectators are invited to attend. See visitplacer.com for more information.