A local tradition for over 10 years, the NSU E-Lab school held its Veteran’s Day Program Friday, November 10 at the school. The program began with a procession of veterans escorted by E-Lab 4-H members. The NCHS Junior Army ROTC Color Guard posted the colors while the school’s 4-H officers led the singing of the National Anthem accompanied by Dr. Samuel Stokes. McKenzie Mitchell led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jude Coleman and Whitni Dunagan called for a moment of silence to honor deceased veterans after which the school presented a slide show of students’ family members who were veterans.
This year’s Veterans’ Day program also featured an essay and poster contest. Noah Smith, a 4th grader from Ms. Procell’s class, earned first place in the essay contest. First grader Austyn Peddy won first place in the poster contest, followed by second grader Landri LeBlanc and fifth grader Emery Wenninger.
The keynote speaker was Army veteran Mike Cozad. Mr. Cozad currently serves as the Natchitoches Parish School System’s Technology Supervisor and has several children in the NSU Lab Schools.
The program concluded with the Mrs. Wiggins W.I.N Group singing “Thank You Soldiers”. As with the program at NCHS, the event was well organized and displayed some superbly talented students. The NSU E-Lab Veterans’ Day Program is a wonderful example of small-town life at its best.