Mansfield ISD Magazine Winter 2016 | Page 22

Veterans Day Wrap-up Thanking Those Who Have Served Our Country A ccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 18 million people in the United States have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Several campuses across Mansfield ISD took the time to thank each of them in a very special way on Nov. 11. Military veterans related to MISD students and staff were invited to a variety of Veterans Day events, ranging from breakfasts and luncheons to assemblies and parades. It was a day of appreciation, but also a time for students to learn why Americans have the freedoms they enjoy today. “We know that we are the greatest country in the world because of the sacrifice that’s been given by our men and women in the armed forces,” said Dr. Michael Evans, school board trustee and military veteran. “It’s important for our students to recognize where all of their privileges come from.” Jobe Middle School invited family and friends of students and staff to attend its Veterans Day assembly. Evans said he was proud to see all the veterans who were getting a hero’s welcome, and he salutes MISD for the many ways gratitude was shown toward them. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 to mark the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress later passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance. Armistice Day was officially changed to Veterans Day in 1954. Students at Judy K. Miller Elementary School represented the branches of the armed forces for Veterans Day. Glenn Harmon Elementary School held a special Veterans Day breakfast. 20 Mansfield School & Family Anna May Daulton Elementary School invited community veterans to its annual Veterans Day event. Board President Raul Gonzalez marched in the high school Veterans Day parade that took place at Mansfield High.