November 11th dawned crisp, clear and sunny, ideal for the annual Veterans Day celebration at St. Timothy’s School. Each year, the School honors veterans for their service to our country. This day not only allows us to give much-deserved recognition, but also helps students understand the sacrifices made by these brave parents, faculty and staff members, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors.
Nearly 60 women and men from all branches of the military participated in the festivities, including WWII veteran Betsy Hutchison, astronaut Kenneth Reightler Jr. and faculty and staff members Melinda Foye and Skip Osterman.
Veterans joined STS middle schoolers in their weekly chapel service and gathered afterward in the dining hall to meet one another and share their experiences over coffee and bagels.
Following the reception, St. Timothy’s Girl Scout troop led the procession of veterans to the gym, where kindergarteners through eighth graders assembled. Together, the School and the veterans recited the Pledge of Allegiance, bowed their heads in prayer with Father Allen and heard opening remarks from Head of School Tim Tinnesz. Each veteran then introduced themselves, stating their name and branch of service.
The ceremony concluded with veterans joining their students—lower school students returning to class for lunch and middle schoolers attending chapel to hear Ken Reightler speak about his time in the Navy, as well as his experiences as an astronaut and as a professor of aerospace engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy.
During lunch, lower school students enjoyed asking the veterans questions and hearing their stories. In Ms. Voorhees class, students got to see an actual flight suit from a Naval bombardier. Fourth graders in Ms. Jernigan’s class got to reconnect with Clarence Turnage, who worked for many years as the security officer at the School.
On this Veterans Day, history didn’t seem so far in the past—the veterans brought the facts to life with their personal accounts and did their best to satisfy students’ insatiable curiosity about their experience in the military.
Thank you to all those who have served our country. Every day, we appreciate you and all you have done to protect and serve our nation.
Check out more photos from the event on our Vidigami page.