Red, white and blue proudly waved through the halls of the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District as more than 18,000 students; teachers and parents celebrated Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
Campuses hosted ceremonies to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces and participated in activities dedicated to educating students the importance of their service throughout the day.
“Students, remember that our freedom isn’t free,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Arturo J. Cavazos during the Veterans Day Ceremony at Crockett Elementary School. “Our veterans fight each day for our freedom. Take today and every day to thank them as they provide you with the freedom to come to school, receive an education and pursue your dreams.”
Taking the opportunity to link local veteran’s with HCISD students on this day, Rodriguez Elementary School partnered with Time Warner Cable and HISTORY Channel to participate in Take a Veteran to School Day.
During Take a Veteran to School Day, Rodriguez teachers and students invited Veterans of all backgrounds to participate in campus events and share their stories. The day is sponsored by HISTORY Channel in efforts to link Veterans with students nationwide.
Each of the 28 campuses at HCISD hosted an event to celebrate the day.
Showing their appreciation beforehand was Bowie Elementary and Sam Houston Elementary during their Veterans Day events on Nov. 8. Sam Houston hosted their Fall Freedom Festival, which invited the community to come out and show their gratitude during an after school ceremony.