CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman City Primary School held their annual Veteran’s Day program on Wednesday morning, but this year came with an added twist—it was a Veteran’s Day Parade for the Primary students and their beloved veterans.
CCPS Principal Tricia Culpepper spoke on the school’s efforts to encourage their students’ patriotism, sharing, “It was wonderful. We always have a Veteran’s Day program. That is a tradition here, and so we wanted to make sure that we kept up with that tradition because that is so important. It is a theme that our teachers teach our students throughout the month of November, and so, they do some creative writing on veterans, they read a lot of Veteran’s Day books, and we sing patriotic songs.”
Mrs. Culpepper continued, detailing more on the moving experience that was this year’s Veteran’s Day program, “We had a parade because the campus really lends itself. It is so easy for us to do a drive-by parade. It started at 9:00 a.m. We had them all lined up and they had made hats or flags. They were so excited. We even had a George Washington!” she smiled. “We played our songs and they either chanted, ‘U-S-A!’ or sang the songs or waved. Some of the veterans were really emotional, some of my teachers were really emotional, and one of the students told me, ‘I will never forget this.’”
She added, “’Veterans’ was our Word-of-the-Week on our morning show. We are doing ‘Veterans,’ so we have all of these other ‘Wow Words’ around it like, ‘courageous’ and ‘patriotic.’ We also have a 25-minute video that we are sending out that has the children singing songs, and we have a slideshow of the veterans who sent in their pictures, and then we also did a writing contest. That will be on Twitter and on our webpage as soon as it is finished, and there will be some of the video from today’s parade in it.”
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