Students in the Butler Area School District will learn more about the reasons why Veterans Day is observed at a few upcoming programs.
Speakers from the American Legion and VFW will present a flag folding ceremony for 7th graders on Friday. Also on Friday, a retired guard from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will give a presentation to 8th graders. One of the ROTC instructors at the Intermediate will give 9th graders his perspective and personal story about service on Friday as well.
Social studies teacher at the Butler Intermediate High School Breit Cochran said it’s important for students to learn about the holiday.
“These presentations, in part, allow students to see the importance of why we celebrate Veterans Day, a little bit of the history of the holiday, and give them different perspectives from different Veteran groups that come in and educate the kids as to the different ways that they can celebrate or honor Veterans Day,” Cochran said.
Many 8th grade students will be attending a field trip to Washington D.C. with a stop at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier so hearing more about the history of the site will help them appreciate the experience.
“It gives them a different perspective. Everybody knows somebody who is a veteran whether they’re a relative, a neighbor or just a friend of the family. It lets the students see why we celebrate this day and how we can better honor these individuals who have served our country,” Cochran explained.
This is the fifth year that Butler Intermediate teachers have put on a veterans program like this one for students.