Lopez Middle School Honors Veterans
Submitted By Julie Harrison
Continuing a long tradition of honoring its school’s namesake, Jose M. Lopez Middle School held a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 10. Lopez students organized a commemoration for community veterans starting with a “Breakfast for the Brave.” Student Hospitality Leaders treated veterans to a delicious meal. The veterans were then escorted to a school wide assembly where sixth graders wore red, seventh graders wore white and eighth graders wore blue.
MSGT Jose M. Lopez, the namesake of the NEISD middle school, was a veteran himself and a Medal of Honor recipient. Lopez Middle School was privileged to welcome direct descendents of Lopez to the ceremony – the Wickshire family. Principal Eric Wernli began the ceremony by honoring the Wickwires and all the esteemed attendees.
Ronald Reagan High School supported the ceremony with its excellent JROTC program. The National Anthem was sung by Jenna Small and the winning Lopez Patriot Pen Essay was read. The beautiful voices of the Lopez Choir singing “God Bless America” set the stage for a special presentation.
The Patriotic Flag Presentation by the National Sojourners, Inc. from Fort Sam Houston gave guests a wonderful telling of the history of our American flag. National Sojourners, dressed in colonial uniforms, built a flag stripe by stripe and star by star with narration for each addition. Following the presentation, the Lopez Band and Orchestra performed a patriotic tribute as well.
Jose M. Lopez faculty, staff, students, and parents are beholden to those who have served our country with dignity and valor. Every day should be a day of thanks to our veterans, who provide us with the very freedoms we savor. We are a land of the free, because of the brave.