Keller: Blessed by school’s Veteran’s Day program

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Veteran’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Being a patriotic person, loving my country, and enjoying all the freedoms we have, I, too, sometimes take everything for granted. However, I enjoy Veteran’s Day activities that honor the men and women who serve our country.

Last Friday, I went to a program at the John L. Ory Magnet School honoring all veterans. I have two great-grandchildren, Jaden and Adeline, who are students there and that’s the reason I attended.

Mrs. Monica Brown, the principal, and the staff are to be congratulated for not only honoring those who serve our country, but for putting on one of the best patriotic programs I’ve ever attended.

From the welcome by Sophie St. Pierre, Student Council President, the Presentation of Colors by Boy Scout Troop 406, the Pledge of Allegiance by Cub Scout Pack 318, and “The Star Spangled Banner” by the John L. Ory Band and Choir, everything was excellent! (I never realized the school had such a great band and choir.)

The guest speaker was Sr. Master Sgt. Clyde Rene Legaux, Jr., a retired U.S. Air Force veteran of 28 years. He was a native of New Orleans, but was raised in Edgard, Louisiana and graduated from West St. John High School. He was 77 years old and did a great job delivering a message to elementary school students – which is hard to do. The message was about his military career and was focused on a special challenge to the students to take advantage of getting a good education, being fair with each other, being kind, unselfish and enjoying this great country in which we live.

The program was excellent and I was impressed with the discipline, attention, and behavior of the students. What a great way to start a Veteran’s Day celebration! I was blessed to have been in attendance.

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA, call (985) 652-8477, or e-mail:  

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