On Sunday, November 11th, people all around the country joined together to thank veterans who have served our country and to remember those whose lives who were lost. Minnetonka was proud to host a variety a Veterans Day ceremonies around the district, including events at the elementary, middle and high schools.
"We feel it is important to honor those who have served our nation and to support and protect the freedoms we all enjoy every day," said Principal Bryan McGinley, from Deephaven Elementary. "We have received tremendous feedback from the veterans on how much they appreciate us celebrating and honoring them."
Deephaven and Excelsior Elementary Schools both hosted ceremonies where their students had the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve our country. Deephaven had 40 veterans participate in a school-wide assembly. Afterwards, veterans were able to go back to the classrooms with students and answer any questions they might have.
Minnetonka High School students also had the opportunity to attend a Veterans Day Ceremony. The event featured songs from the MHS Concert Choir and speeches from Superintendent Dr. Dennis Peterson, former Viking Matt Birk and other members of MHS leadership. The ceremony was a memorable experience for all who attended.
"It's about all of you [veterans] here to celebrate Veteran's Day," Sylvia Shutes, junior representative for student government, said in her speech. "It is your home, the home of the brave, and we welcome you and all of your brothers and sisters who did not come home with you."
Among topics discussed during the ceremony was the new memorial plaque at MHS, unveiled earlier this summer. Sponsored by the class of '63, this plaque honors the nine skipper alumni who were killed in action.
As a whole, Veterans Day was a huge success around the district, offering a unique opportunity for students, teachers, and community members to come together and recognize all of those who serve and have served our country. The district gives a huge thanks to all of the veterans who attended, as well as to the many volunteers who helped organize the events.