On Friday, November 9th, ADM Middle School celebrated and honored veterans, from all branches of the service. This special all-day event has been taking place at ADM Middle School for over 25 years. When asked about the significance of this day, ADM Middle School Principal Kim Timmerman stated, “As a staff, we feel it’s essential for students today to understand the many sacrifices these men and women have made, and are still making, for our country.”
The day’s activities started at 8:30 AM with a flag raising ceremony conducted by American Legion Post 464. Following the ceremony, students had the opportunity to listen to several veterans, both young and old, share about their many experiences.
After small group discussions, students and guests assembled in the auditorium to listen to the ADM 6-8 grade choir, recognize each branch of the military individually, present a Quilt of Valor to one veteran recipient, and take part in a moment of silence at precisely 11:11. To show their appreciation, ADM Middle School staff provided lunch for the veterans following the assembly in the auditorium.
In the afternoon, students visited several stations throughout the school that included touring military memorabilia, writing thank you letters to veterans, and painting rocks for a future memorial to honor those who served. “We, as a middle school staff, look forward to this day each year,” said Principal Kim Timmerman. “It gives our youth the opportunity to hear first-hand stories from the people who actually lived them. We cannot thank our veterans enough for giving up their time to make this day special for our students.”