Hilda Walker students and staff shared a day of recognition and honor with family members and friends who are veterans. Fourteen years ago, Mrs. Pamela Tucker had the vision of teaching children about citizenship, patriotism, freedom, and our great country. The day of celebration has turned into a wonderful annual event with students learning about the sacrifices veterans have made in order for us to live in our great country and the adults are reminded, as well, to be thankful to the vets for all they have done.
Veterans spoke with students during class presentations and the students were able to ask questions about their experiences. Students and veterans ate lunch together and then veterans were honored during the Veterans Day Celebration Ceremony.
The ceremony began with a standing ovation as veterans proceeded through an aisle of American Flags on both sides of them. John Edwards, a student at Hilda Walker, led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. As Mrs. Jessica Klein Foglin sang the Star Spangled Banner, the vets, both young and old, stood at attention - saluting the American flag they so heroically served.
The choir sang and the band performed. The poem, “I Am An American,” was read by Mr. Bob Gaines, while Mr. Scott Wagstaff accompanied him by trumpet. The featured guest speaker was Retired Colonel Constance Edwards, US Army Nurse Vietnam Veteran. After her speech, the American flag was properly folded by a flag team while Dr. Julian Rogus read the meaning of each fold. Mrs. Pamela Tucker took roll call. After more honoring poems were read, the ceremony came to an end as the veterans saluted the flag and Mr. Scott Wagstaff and Mr. Jason Collins played Taps. The Tinley Park VFW Post #2791 led the recession with Colors and Flags. It was a reflective end to a most memorable celebratory ceremony.
Hilda Walker students are from Summit Hill School District 161. Hilda Walker houses students from Frankfort, Mokena, and Tinley Park.