Erie, Colorado… Vista Ridge Academy students and staff gave a special presentation for local Veterans on November 11. To start the program, students of our local Pathfinders groups presented the flag as the audience sang our National Anthem. Next, students from the Early Childhood program led out in the Pledge of Allegiance. The First through Fourth Grade classes presented a short skit highlighting how we can appreciate the Veterans on Veterans Day.

Principal, Sandy Hodgson, interviewed special guest and former Vista Ridge Academy student, SSgt Jami DeVries from the 140th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. DeVries was named USO National Guardsman of the Year, and told us she has to give 100% every day in her work and encouraged students to do the same.

Pat Koh, the music and Spanish teacher, spoke about her father serving in the military as a US Army combat medic in the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954. Koh shared if her father were with us he would want everyone to follow and serve God. To conclude the presentation, Hodgson, prayed for a special blessing on the Veterans attending.

Following the presentation, students and Veterans enjoyed a reception in the cafeteria. Students were able to meet the Veterans, and in turn Veterans were able to share about their experiences.

Marsha Bartulec, text and photos