Westside and Macclenny Elementary Schools and the PreK-Kindergarten Center sponsored programs last Thursday to celebrate and pay tribute to local veterans who have served or are actively serving in the military.
The programs included music and recognition of past and present veterans.
According to Pre-K Center principal Bonnie Jones, this year’s salute to Veterans Day was a bit more ceremonious than in past years.
It was part due to special guest Winton Stokley. The 89-year-old Navy veteran from Macclenny was part of the Normandy Invasion in France in 1944 during World War II.
“He was there,” said Ms. Jones. “He flew over Normandy on D-Day.”
The children got into the spirit by making patriotic banners to celebrate the occasion and to welcome and thank veterans for their service. Particularly striking was a special three-dimensional flag.
Children traced their hands on colored construction paper, then cut out the shapes with scissors. The cutouts were used to create the red and white stripes and the blue field with stars. The curled fingers of the cutouts gave the impression of movement, as if the flag were waving in the breeze.