The local Christian school stays open to honor and learn from area veterans

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A student at Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School makes a thank you card for the school's third annual Veterans Day celebration last week.While almost all the students in the Beaverton area took a day off last week to honor Veterans Day, the students at Pilgrim Lutheran knew it was a day too important to miss.

On Nov. 11, more than 50 veterans attended Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School's third annual Veterans Day celebration. Students attended school all day, celebrating veterans by hearing from guest speakers, making thank you cards, creating “Wall of Honor” decorations and sitting alongside veterans during lunch to learn about their military experiences.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Veterans sign in at the beginning of Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School's third annual Veterans Day celebration last week.

“What better way is there to learn history, than from the experiences and stories of those who have lived it?” asked Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School Principal Chris Herold. “So Pilgrim is inviting veterans from the school and church community, and from the whole Beaverton area so our students can learn from them while they thank them for their service.”

The school gym was transformed into a “mess hall,” where alumni middle school student leaders served lunch, and parent volunteers and kitchen staff prepared and served quadruple the number of normal lunches.

In morning classes, some grades discussed contributions of America’s war veterans and learned history of U.S. wars. Students then treated their veteran guests to songs from each branch of the military and words of thanks for their examples of selfless service.

Veterans in attendance represented every branch of the military, and included those who served on the beaches of Normandy in World War II, in Korea, in Vietnam and in the Middle East in the Gulf War, Afghanistan war and Iraq war.

The event was planned by Pilgrim Lutheran School’s faculty, staff, parents, students and the church’s Director of Christian Education, Andrea Gehrke.

To prepare for Veterans Day, Pilgrim’s students practiced special songs, made thank you cards and created “Wall of Honor” decorations.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School created a 'Wall of Honor' as part of the school's third annual Veterans Day celebration last week.

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