Stone Elementary School holds Veterans Day Parade

Today, Stone Elementary School students showed off their spirit in a very patriotic way. For the second year in a row, hundreds of people gathered in the front of the school to thank and honor military veterans in the Salute to Veterans parade.

Stone Elementary School was drowning in red, white, and blue to show their American Spirit for this year’s Veterans Day. Stone Elementary Principal Sandy Danzey said, “One of my missions is to expose the children to the history and to the importance of how we are free in America and what it means to be free.”

While this is only the school’s second year hosting this parade, they have already reached over 100 vehicles full of veterans with a crowd of about 600 friends, family, students, and faculty. “One of our things here at Stone Elementary is that we like to go into our community and we like to do things for our community and it shows that we do love. We do love here and we do show appreciation and we just want them to know that.”

Special guests were invited to the event including current Wiggins Mayor Darrell Berry and his wife as well as the late Wiggins Mayor Joel Miles’ wife Mary Miles. Mayor Miles’ last official act as mayor before passing away was attending the first Salute to Veterans Parade. “Of course, it means the world to me to come back and he’d be honored today the way they honored him and I’m just thankful to be part of such a beautiful event today.”

After the parade, the school hosted the veterans and their families for lunch. The school choir also had their voices heard. U.S. Military Veteran Billy McNew said, “Well, it’s something that the kids need to know so they can pass it on to their children, how important our country is to us.”

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