2015 Slideshow & Article Added !
MERIDIAN JUNIOR HIGH CELEBRATES VETERAN’S DAY 2015
Meridian Junior High School celebrated Veterans Day on Friday, November 6. During the shortened day, the students attended three different activities. They wrote cards to be sent to soldiers overseas for the holidays, they completed a 1 mile walk for Dark Horse Lodge with Jerry Oleson, a veteran of the Marines and some of our students even ran the mile.
The students also listened to Members of the Northern Illinois University ROTC. They were Captain Derrek Montoya and four ROTC Cadets from NIU. They spoke to our students and staff about the importance of Veteran’s Day and why we celebrate it. They shared videos and answered questions from students and staff.
The eighth grade students listened to Ms. Ashley Koenig, an Illinois State graduate and SVHS alumni. This is her second year speaking with the students about one of her photography projects that she completed while attending ISU. Ashley has interviewed several different WWII Veterans from the area and has some artifacts and copies of pictures that they took when they were in the war.
The day concluded with an assembly in the gym. The Boy Scout Troops #315 presented the colors. Girl Scout Troop #3171 led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a small ensemble of 8th grade girls that sang the Star Spangled Banner. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade chorus together with their director, Kathy Owen performed, Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier. The 7th grade chorus sang Brother My Brother and the advanced chorus, which is comprised of 7th and 8th grade students, sang My America. The 8th grade band directed by Matt Chesner followed by performing the Armed Forces on Parade(while Army Veteran Pablo Alcaraz stated which branch of service song was being played) and The Thunderer. “The band and chorus always sound fantastic. They work real hard in putting these songs together and I get chills and always feel such a sense of pride when they perform on this day”, said Kelly Gale, one of the organizers.
Students were asked to bring a veteran to the assembly. During the assembly the students introduced their Veteran, how they know them, and told the school what military branch they were in. The students are usually nervous to stand up and speak to the students and their guests. For the second year in a row, 7th grader, Lily Drake, has brought her Mom Heather to the assembly. “I feel proud that they (my parents) are Veterans and that they served their country. Veterans have helped keep people safe and have sacrificed everything for us.” The students were then given the opportunity to shake hands with the Veterans and thank them for their service to our country. Over 30 Veterans were recognized this year.
MJHS also held a Display the Stripes for Dark Horse Lodge fundraiser. Students from MJHS and staff from the Meridian District were asked to donate to Dark Horse Lodge. We had a flag in the front walkway of MJHS and for every $100 collected we uncovered a stripe on the flag. Our goal was to raise $1,300. The grand total raised was $1,553.00. Dark Horse Lodge a retreat for combat veterans in Paris Tennessee. For more information on Dark Horse Lodge, please visit www.darkhorselodge.com.
“This is the seventh year for this event and it keeps getting bigger and better.” Organizers Kelli Zitzke and Kelly Gale would like to thank the students and staff at MJHS for their support and generosity for our soldiers. They would also like to thank the Veterans and NIU ROTC members that participated in our event and all Veterans for their service to our country.
2015 MJHS Veteran's Day Slide Show
2012 Veteran's Day Activities Slide Show
2009 Veteran's Day Activities Slide Show
2010 Veteran's Day Activities Slide Show
2011 Veteran's Day Recognition Pictures Slide Show