Kindergarten singing I Pledge AllegiancePosted by Lee Elementary on Thursday, November 9, 2017
NCW- It was a day to honor veterans at schools around the Wenatchee Valley. The scene at Robert E Lee Elementary School yesterday was mirrored at other student assemblies in the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts. Schools were out today in observance of the Veterans Day Holiday.
Wenatchee area military veterans were emotionally moved by the support displayed during Thursday’s special school assemblies.
A Veterans Day Parade will hit the streets of Wenatchee at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, following Chelan Avenue and stopping in Memorial Park at 11 a.m. for a ceremony. The parade will continue down Orondo Avenue to Mission Street, finishing at Wells Fargo.
Local veterans react to area assemblies
Ron Bruno with the group Vets Serving Vets of North Central Washington attended an event at Eastmont Junior High School, saying he was honored to see young faces recognizing the holiday.
“It was very well thought-out, the presentation they gave started as the students entered the gym, they were singing God Bless America,” Bruno said. “I’m looking at these kids thinking and hoping that they never have to do some of the things I did– but at the same time appreciating the fact that they are honoring all of us that were there yesterday.”
Bruno added that he was proud of the ceremonies at the local school districts, and reflected on his service and why the community events are important for veterans.
“It actually took a while for me when I first came home to even let people know I was a veteran,” Bruno said of his service during the Vietnam War. “I was very proud of what I did and what I represented inside, but the way that we were treated– I kind of kept it to myself for a long time.”
In honor of Veterans Day, a number of local and national businesses offer deals and free services to veterans this Saturday. Here is a full list of those businesses.
Tune in to the NCWLIFE Channel Monday morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz for our coverage of the 2017 Wenatchee Veteran’s Day Parade.