CENTER VALLEY – Second grade students at Hopewell Elementary School here celebrated America’s military veterans with a Veterans Day concert Thursday.
The festivities began with a special flag raising ceremony. Cub Scouts from the school helped raise the American flag, and led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Lori Limpar told students Veterans Day was a special day to say thank you to those who have served in the armed forces. Mindful of the fact that hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops are at war today, Limpar led students in a moment of silence.
While the morning had its sober moments, it also included plenty of fun. When music teacher Jo Ann Lindauer Schneider asked veterans in the audience to “please stand” to be recognized during the concert, about 350 well-trained youngsters heeded her command to stand, leading to a good round of laughter for the adults in the crowd.
Students from Sara Hovis, David Kohler, and Mary Stauffer’s classes spent five weeks learning the songs from Lindauer Schneider, who teaches music at Hopewell and Liberty Bell Elementary Schools. Students also learned how to say the Pledge of Allegiance using sign language from Angela Fulmer, and prepared a special display under the guidance of art teachers Vanessa Csaszar and Diane Marmor.
In addition to popular colonial-era songs “America,” “America, the Beautiful,” and “Yankee Doodle,” the second grade students sang portions of 19th century songs “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean,” and “We Love the U.S.A.” After directing them through 20th century songs “Thank a Vet” and “America, I Hear You Singing,” Lindauer Schneider’s students capped off their performance with the World War I-era hit, “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”