Salute to Veterans

by Toni Hopper

Marlow Public Schools hosted two assemblies Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, to honor area Veterans. Marlow Middle School and Marlow Elementary students and staff filled the new gym to present a musical tribute, created and choreographed by MES music instructor Denise Williams. The highlight of the entire program was listening to each Veteran introduce themselves, with grandchildren, children and other family members by their sides. MES Principal Kim Kizarr said it was probably the biggest attendance yet for veterans. She said the program has become one of the school's favorite traditions, in honoring service men and women.

“It breaks my heart to think that many of them were disrespected or treated poorly upon returning back to their homeland after war. We owe them our freedom and they should be honored every day.” MES Music Instructor Denise Williams created and choreographed the program, including members of the high school’s American Sign Language class. Veterans who wanted to participate were allowed to introduce themselves, along with their children, grandchildren or other student members of their families by their side. Veterans ranged from active duty to a few in their 70s and 80s.

At Marlow High School's assembly, which was held at First Baptist Church Life Center, Commander Steve Duran shared his story. He was invited by Rep. Brad Boles. After the event, Duran visited with any of the students who wanted to learn more. Student Council and FFA members took advantage of the opportunity.