West Point Public Schools honors veterans with music ceremony

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

West Point Public Schools held a program filled with patriotic music Monday to honor veterans.

Students and community members listened as the Elementary School Melody Makers choir, directed by Iris Redmond, sang some of America’s favorites, including the “Star Spangled Banner” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

Students in Melody Makers also took turns reading facts about America’s armed services and what Veterans Day is all about.

Veterans in the audience took turns standing to represent their branch of the military as the Melody Makers sang each of the branch’s anthems. The audience applauded the choir and veterans after each anthem.

A slideshow presentation of community members' family who have served was shown, and veterans in the audience stood twice for recognition and rounds of applause.

Williamsburg resident Guy Manchester, a veteran and grandfather of a West Point Elementary School student, said he thought the program was a great way to celebrate Veterans Day.

Manchester served in the Army for 20 years and during the Vietnam War flying fighter jets and helicopters. Manchester received three Purple Hearts for his time in the service.

“My granddaughter Peyton asked me to come, and I’m glad I did,” Manchester said. “It’s always a privilege to be recognized and the school’s program was phenomenal.”

The 69-year-old said he spent Veterans Day with friends from the service to honor their time and those they lost along the way.

“I have friends all around the country. It’s quite a commodity and a bond that you can’t break,” Manchester said. “We have good and bad memories together, but you need to reflect on them and share them with others to remember what’s important in life.”

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @ashleyrluck on Twitter

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