The Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary School fifth grade will honor our veterans and members of our military and their families at their annual patriotic concert Monday November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the school's cafetorium.
The patriotic theme is a tradition each year in the South school honoring the men and women who have served or presently serve our country in the military. The children will enter the performance space in great splendor waving our stars and stripes! Flags for our students were provided by our wonderful American Legion! The program begins with our local members of the American Legion, under the direction of Commander Lloyd Snell, and their "Presentation of the Colors." The entire assembly will then salute our flag and sing our National Anthem followed by the singing of the Wallenpaupack Area School District's Alma Mater.
Selections to be performed by the fifth grade include "American Every Day" and "We Celebrate America" by Teresa Jennings, "Pennsylvania" by J. Francis Weber honoring our home state, "Fifty Nifty United States," by Ray Charles, "Of the People," and "One Nation" by Jennings and "We the People" by John Riggio. "Battle Hymn for Gettysburg," adapted by Teresa Jennings, is a beautiful tribute to Abraham Lincoln based on his Gettysburg Address which combines the melody of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe with the Gettysburg Address. Abigal Soskil will recite the Gettysburg Address. You might hear some familiar words in the song "Lady Liberty" by John Riggio. Prior to singing the song the poem, "The New Colossus" will be recited by Cara Doherty, Kent Glatz and Emily Langan. This first section of our program will end with the beautiful and meaningful song "You Are Our Heroes" by Jennings.
The song "Those Who Served," by Teresa Jennings begins our "Tribute of Thanks."
American pride and gratitude will be displayed through the songs from the branches
of our armed forces. Members of these branches who are in the audience will be recognized
and thanked by Morgan Reece, Coast Guard; Elizabeth Lewis, Green Berets/Special Forces/
SEALS/Delta Force; Caleb Imperiale, Army; David Chapman, Marines; Michael Pitino, Air Force;
Chloe Kelly, Navy and Makenna Peet, Army and Air National Guard. Makenna is also the speaker
for the National Guard song.
Students were asked to research their family history for past and present members of the military. Those students who chose to honor their military family members created a poster with information about their relative. These posters will be displayed around the cafetorium for the concert. Also, students who won the American Legion essay contest will recite their winning essay interspersed between song selections.
The final songs include "Proud of Our Veterans," by Jennings and "Taps". "Taps," arranged by Jennings, begins with a prologue of quotes read by Katelyn Haytko, Nevan Quinones, Abigail Soskil, Jaielene Nieves and Leah Hearn. South school graduate, Robert Mattern, will follow with a performance
Page 2 of 2 - of "Taps" on his trumpet. Members of the local American Legion will then retire the colors.
Jean M. Shields, music director at the South Elementary and Mark Kirsten, principal invite
members of the community to this special Veterans' Day Tribute Concert.