LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Veterans Day is still a week away, but one Lakewood school is already paying tribute to local vets.
Tyee Park Elementary held its 22nd annual Veterans Day Celebration Thursday. It’s a 90-minute, star-spangled event that took place in front of an audience filled with veterans and current members of the military.
“It’s like the pages of your history book being torn out and coming to life in our gym,” said fourth-grade student Magof Topasna.
The school is close to Joint Base Lewis McChord. Ten percent of the kids there have parents connected to the military, which would explain why the program is so important to them.
A number of veterans, including Pearl Harbor survivors and Tuskegee airmen were in attendance.
Retired General Johnnie Wilson flew in from Virginia to speak to the kids and thank them for their efforts.
“It’s our way of telling everyone in our audience how much we appreciate them,” said Tracey Lundquist, the school’s music director. “It’s our way of giving back and saying thanks for all you do.”