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MES Veteran's Day Program

Morgantown Elementary students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade attended the Annual program in the Gym. The National Anthem was sung by Mrs. Tammy Young , the MES boy scouts lead the pledge to the flag.   Students in Ms. Graham’s class presented the Story of Veterans’ Day.  Mrs. Weathers’ class presented a poem honoring Veterans.  The program continued with a lesson on the poppy flower, which has been the symbol of remembrance of all Veterans since 1918, when Ms. Moina Belle Michael, a teacher  wrote the poem  “We Shall Keep the Faith” in response to John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”.   Mrs. Reed stressed the importance of remembering our Soldiers who work to protect our freedom, and also pay tribute to all who have served our county.  Mrs. Jo Lynn Reed who coordinates the program at MES would like to add a special thank you  to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for the poppies which were given to all students attending the program.

 “We Shall Keep the Faith”

Oh! You who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of  heroes never dies,
But lends a luster to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.
By: Monia Belle Michael, November 1918

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