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Davey Elementary School in Kent paid tribute to local veterans in an all-school assembly held on Veterans Day. Opening ceremonies began with Damien Miller and Aiden Ruggles of Boy Scout Troop No. 251 and Cub Scout Troop No. 3254 serving as honor guard in escorting the American flag to the school stage.
Angienett Owens and Laurel Lund-Goldstein of Girl Scout Troop No. 034 led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Davey School choir, under the direction of Ellen Budd-Ditrick, entertained with "All American Me and You" and "The Star Spangled Banner."
The school's fifth-graders performed a play reflecting upon the historical origins of Francis Scott Key's scripting of "The Star Spangled Banner," which became the national anthem.
Principal Abbey Bolton introduced guest veteran,Jack Hurd, who served his country during the Korean War. Hurd's remarks were viewed as a reflection of both pride and honor as he spoke of his experiences.
Each of the "Thank You, Veterans" essay winners, Anna Carman, Elly Ratliff, Riley Courtheyn, and Jeremiah Hogge, read their composition to the audience of about 400.
A video presentation reflected the importance of remembering the dedicated sacrifices made by U.S. veterans. From his position in the school balcony, Harold Hight's playing of "Taps" emphasized the patriotic mood symbolized throughout the program.
Veterans and their families were treated to a pancake breakfast prepared and served by Bolton and staff volunteers. Each veteran was presented with a favor wrapped in red bags adorned with white ribbon fashioned by the school's fourth-graders.
Students and their teachers prepared the decorations for display in the auditorium and breakfast area.