On Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m., the public is invited to honor veterans and members of the armed services during Grace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten's Veterans Day parade.
This is no ordinary preschool parade — it will include a convoy of camouflage military vehicles, flag-bearing ROTC officer candidates from Penn State, a bus from The Village at Penn State filled with veterans and broadcasting patriotic songs, along with veterans from Grace Lutheran Church.
Students and their families, teachers and staff will march alongside the convoy, hoping for cheers and greetings from spectators as they pass by.
The event will begin at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St., crossing Beaver Avenue, heading down Sowers to College Avenue, then back up Garner to the church. The parade, which will feature approximately 100 children waving flags, banners and patriotic shakers they made at school, will last about 45 minutes.
Veterans Day was originally established in 1919 to remember World War I veterans and called "Armistice Day." In 1926, a federal proclamation called upon citizens to observe Nov. 11 in schools and churches with ceremonies encouraging friendly relations with all peoples. Declared a legal holiday in 1938, Veterans Day was dedicated to world peace. The occasion was later expanded to honor veterans of all wars for their willingness to serve our country and make sacrifices for the common good.
Veterans served in many capacities beyond the front line, working as interpreters, translators, medical staff, weather reporters, intelligence officers, pilots, law enforcement officials, navigators, entertainers and more.
From the school's perspective, it is an opportunity to show children many ways people serve our country. The students' participation in the event instills a sense of pride as they learn we have many special men and women who dedicate their lives to protect the freedoms our founding fathers established.