On Tuesday, November 11, Lighthouse Christian Academy honored and celebrated veterans during an hour-long Veterans Day ceremony. Beginning with the presentation of colors by a Navy Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem by a Navy a capella choir, students, staff, and honored guests had the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice and commitment that our Armed Forces have made to protect our nation. A video montage set to the Armed Forces medley gave students an opportunity to acknowledge and thank those guests who had served in the various service branches. Students playing recorders also presented musical tributes to the armed forces. Fourth grade student Victoria Lafferty wrote a thank-you to veterans that she presented before the attending audience, describing how if it weren’t for the veterans, she would not have been able to come to America because she was adopted from Russia. Following student presentations, Commander Patti Snyder of the U.S. Navy addressed the students and guests about the core values of the Navy and described the ways those values – honor, courage, and commitment – are applicable in every area of the students’ lives. Following Commander Snyder was Special Forces Major Lee Matousek, who spoke to students about the history and training of the Army’s Special Forces. A group of students who are part of the school’s chapter of the Institute for Cultural Communicators presented Bible verses and quotes from President Ronald Reagan’s address on Veteran’s Day in 1988. The ceremony closed with a moment of silence and a prayer from Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church’s youth pastor, Christian Graham. Following the ceremony, students were invited into the narthex to try on uniforms and examine medals, epaulettes, covers, and artifacts from the speakers’ service years. Lighthouse Christian Academy is a K-12 Classical Christian school on Kent Island serving families from both sides of the Bay Bridge. For more information, visit the school’s website at www.lcacademy.org.
Day 1: U.S. Navy Color Guard visited Lighthouse Christian Academy to present the colors while a Navy choir sang the National Anthem during the school’s Veterans Day ceremony.
Day 2: Fourth grade student Victoria Lafferty, of Stevensville, shares her thanks to veterans during the school’s Veterans Day ceremony.
Day 3: Commander Patti Snyder, USN, addresses LCA students about the core values of the Navy and her experiences as a woman in the Navy.
Day 4: Tenth grade student Grant Hudson, left, models Major Lee Matousek’s (right) Special Forces jacket and cover from his service in the U.S. Army.