Photo: Students from JROTC and band paid tribute to military service members with a presentation at the flagpole.
By Ryan Wilburn, 11th grader
Wednesday November 11, 2015, was a day devoted to honor Veterans across America, and students at Brandeis High School contributed in a variety of ways. Some of the U.S. History classes created a museum exhibit, composed of a shadow box or oral history honoring a member of the military who has some connection to Texas. The exhibit will be displayed in the Institute of Texan Cultures, a Smithsonian affiliate, until February. Students addressed the theme of honor and what it means to honor someone.
U.S. history teacher Cynthia Lemanski is excited about the opportunity this project provides for the students.
“The project provides great publicity for Brandeis,” Lemanski said. “We are getting to showcase the best of the best in a way that thousands of people will be able to see.”
The student produced exhibit, which opened on November 11, will be displayed in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit about World War II Veterans.
Students from JROTC and band paid tribute to military service members Wednesday morning with a presentation at the flagpole. After the flag was raised, junior Stephanie Molina sang the Star Spangled Banner and junior James Anderson read President Barack Obama’s national address. The band then played a compilation of the service songs of all branches, and the members of each branch present in the audience were recognized.
After the ceremony, Veterans and their families were invited to a breakfast sponsored by the Social Studies Department.
In addition to these events on Veterans Day, JROTC is conducting a “Wreaths Across America” fundraiser to sponsor wreaths to be placed on the graves of soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on December 12th.
The combination of these endeavors made for a day of reverence and honor for the students and Veterans at Brandeis.