Veterans Day Tradition Continued

By Chrissy McLaughlin & ChatGPT
November 13, 2023

At Navy, the spirit of gratitude and appreciation filled the air as the school hosted its time-honored tradition of a Veterans Day Celebration. This annual event, organized by Maryn Simon, dedicated teachers and enthusiastic PTO volunteers, is a cherished occasion that brings the community together to express gratitude to those who both have served and are serving our country. Mrs. Simon originally started Veterans Day celebrations in her classroom, before it became tradition at Navy, nearly 15 years ago. 

This year, the day kicked off with a heartwarming Veterans Day breakfast, a special way for the school to extend its warmest thanks to the veterans, service members, and their families. The talented strings students provided the perfect backdrop, playing patriotic tunes that added a touch of solemnity to the event.

The solemnity was further enhanced by the presence of the Boy Scouts, who conducted a special flag ceremony. The fluttering of the red, white, and blue brought a sense of unity and pride, setting the tone for the day's festivities. Mrs. Simon warmly greeted the honored guests, making them feel appreciated and welcomed.

A few teachers invited special guests come to school to share and talk about what Veterans Day is and how it started. Students were both engaged and thankful for the time that was given to them to learn more about how veterans.

To wrap up the day, the school buzzed with excitement as students lined the hallways, clutching handmade signs and waving patriotic flags in anticipation of the grand parade. The atmosphere was charged with positive energy as the veterans, accompanied by Stella Pekarsky, the Sully District representative on the FCPS School Board, made their way through the hallways. The parade was the perfect opportunity to share our gratitude, with students expressing their thanks through colorful signs and enthusiastic cheers. Each of our honored guests walked proudly down our halls, and shook hands with students and staff. 

At the end of the parade, specially made gift bags, brimming with heartfelt cards and pictures crafted by the students, were given as tokens of appreciation that conveyed the students' gratitude in a tangible way.

This year's Veterans Day Celebration at Navy was not just a school event; it was a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have served in the armed forces. It showcased the power of community, compassion, and the importance of instilling a sense of gratitude in the hearts of young learners. The event concluded with a collective sense of pride, unity, and appreciation for the heroes among us. It feels good to be a part of a community that so proudly cares for and lifts each other up. 


Four years ago, FCPS came to Navy to do a story on how our school has celebrated Veterans Day. Take a look at how it began and what it looked like in the past.