Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans
Posted on 11/10/2017
Colonel Timothy Ringgold (pictured)PHOENIXVILLE, PA – On Friday, November 10th, 2017, Renaissance Academy’s Lower School (grades k-6) held is 2nd annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast during which they hosted over 44 men and women veterans from all different branched of the military. The children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews of the honored guests also joined in for the celebration.

Lower School Principal, Christine Herman opened the event by welcoming the attendees and thanking them for their service. Afterward, 6th grader, Maribelle Buli, whose father Paul Buli served in the US Air force, recited the poem “Veterans’ Day by Cheryl Dyson which specifically honors and thanks those who have stood up for the freedom and rights of USA citizens.

Next up were members of the 6th grade choir who sang a heart-felt rendition of “God Bless the USA” (I’m proud to be an American) in honor of the veterans. The choir was conducted by Eileen Keller, Renaissance Academy’s Elementary Choir Director.

Colonel Timothy Ringgold (pictured), who served the US Army for 30 years, last serving as Brigadier General for the PA National Guard, spoke eloquently of honor, duty, and of his experiences in the military. He wrapped up his speech by encouraging the young students to grow up strong with a sense of being an active part of this country, as well as part of a great, big world. Colonel Ringgold is the father of Principal Herman who, moved by the moment, stated how very proud she is of her father and all that he has done.

Another non-military attendee stated that she was also moved by the event. “I am humbled and a little overwhelmed by the feelings of patriotism and gratitude that viewing all the veterans around the room has evoked. I am so thankful that the school has organized this event in appreciation of our veterans and all they do for our country.”

The morning was concluded with a beautiful, trumpet solo performance of “Taps” by sophomore, Jeremy Wenger followed by each veteran placing an individual flag next to the Renaissance Academy Lower School entrance.