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Veterans visit students, students honor veterans


The American Legion provides students the opportunity to learn about military medals, uniforms and survival gear during a visit to schools in honor of Veterans Day.

Editor’s note: Medina ISD continues its tradition of teaching respect for American veterans with a special program prepared by MISD students and teachers. The program will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, at Bobcat Stadium.
Lakehills American Legion Post 410 will host a Veterans Day program at Hill Country Elementary School. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these special presentations.

“I’m not sure which is scarier, going out on patrol or facing a couple hundred pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and 1st grade students at 8:30 a.m.,” said a veteran (who wishes to remain anonymous) just before he began his presentation last November at Alkek Elementary School. In addition to the incredible “Hall of Heroes” that runs the length of the school hallway, Lisa Holdbrook and her band of teacher volunteers invite veterans to tell stories, provide demonstrations and share unique information about the Armed Forces.
Last year, the program included teaching basic commands and explaining the oath of the Armed Forces. A Vietnam War veteran brought along his duffle bag filled with jungle necessities. Another veteran explained military awards and decorations. A former first sergeant explained uniforms, then and now. Who knew, for instance, that a “steel pot” was used for shaving, bathing and eating (but not simultaneously)?
This year, the community is invited to Alkek Elementary School on Friday, Nov 10, to enjoy the “Hall of Heroes” as it is filled with current and former students and their families. The program begins promptly at 8 a.m. with a flag ceremony in the front of the school. Retired 1st Sgt. Mike Bankston will provide the instruction. Shikisha Coloney, Army veteran and 4th grade teacher, will sing the National Anthem. Members of the Alkek Student Council and the 4th grade class will also participate.
Guests will then visit the “Heroes” and make their way to the cafeteria, gym or library for presentations by this year’s team of veterans from Bandera American Legion Post 157.
Bandera American Legion Post 157 will distribute patriotic comic books to students at Alkek and Hill Country Elementary Schools. This year’s titles are “I Pledge Allegiance” and “Our Country’s Veterans.”