One of the most important events of this year was a “Veteran Appreciation Ceremony” that was conducted on Nov. 8 at Orcas Island Elementary School.
Kathy Page, principal of the elementary school, expertly organized this celebration. Forty veterans attended the ceremony. In addition, more than 200 students from kindergarten through sixth grades participated.
This observance began with presentation of colors (flag ceremony) by members of the Orcas Island American Legion. Then all students, veterans and their spouses recited the “Pledge of Allegiance” to our republic. Many students had written letters thanking veterans for their service. Three students read their letters during the event. Their writing and speaking skills made all those who attended proud that these young people expressed their sincere feelings. This was followed by superior singing by the fifth and sixth grade choir under the able leadership of Pam Wright. The main speaker was Mike Page who served in the 101st Airborne and explained his experiences while serving in Iraq.
An important part of the ceremony was the professional performance of the Orcas Island Community Band, directed by Jim Schaffer-Bauck playing the “National Anthem,” “Liberty Bell March” and “Stars and Stripes Forever March.
Councilman Rick Hughes gave an excellent speech thanking all veterans for their service to our nation.
We commend Master of Ceremonies Kathy Page for her enthusiasm and dedication, which made this a superior ceremony. Plan to attend this event that will be held November 2014.
Tom and Karen Ritter