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Junior Historians honoring veterans

The Ennis Junior Historians are taking on many community projects this year and for a group that has been recently re-organized, that can either be a blessing or a curse. Fortunately for this group, they see any opportunity to be involved as a blessing and take full advantage of it.
Their latest undertaking is to plan and host a Veteran’s Day service to be held at the gym in the new junior high, which will include patriotic songs and guest speakers. Krista Havener says she has enjoyed working with the kids on this project and watching them come up with their own unique ideas on how they’d like to honor the various servicemen.
“I am the sponsor for this group but the kids are coming up with the ideas for the whole service on their own,” she said. “The kids are completely in charge of the event, I don’t intend to speak at the service at all. The kids are very interested in showing their respect to the veterans.”
The service, which will be held Nov. 11, at 9 a.m., will be attended by all of the classes at the junior high facility as well as any veterans from the community who wish to attend.
“We have sent out letters to the VFW, the American Legion and the Ennis Honor Flight group to inform them of the event and invite them to come and be part of it,” Havener said. “We have also asked former mayor Bill Lewis to speak at the ceremony and share his memories of his time in the service.”
The group will also be inviting any student with a relative or family member that is a veteran to invite them to attend the service as well.
The service will run between 30-60 minutes and will also feature band and choir performances as well as several student speakers. After the ceremony, students will return to class and the veterans will be escorted to the cafeteria for refreshments.
Havener says she thinks it is appropriate for the junior historian group to be honoring the veterans because of the role they played in the history of the nation and the community.
“Our group has spent the past two years learning about our community and the people in it so it makes sense that we would want to honor the bravery of the veterans that helped shape the history we now get to explore,” she said. “The kids have been very interested in learning more about the experiences that group has had, which is why we want to share that with the entire school.”
As for Lewis, who was a participant on the Ennis Honor Flight trip and a soldier in WWII, he is honored to share his experiences with the group.
“This will be the first time I’ve ever presented a Veteran’s Day service or taken part in one so I’m very excited,” he said. “I plan to speak about what being in the service meant to me and what service people mean to us today.”
Lewis was also happy to get the invitation to speak to the group because of the actions of last year’s group and the reception that was held in honor of the Honor Flight veterans of which he was a member.
“The junior historians held a reception in our honor before we left for Washington and it was the very first time anyone had ever thanked us for our service,” he said. “It meant a lot to me then and it still does. I’ll always remember how sincere and respectful that group was.”
For more information on the Veteran’s Day service at the school, contact Krista Havener at 972-872-3850.

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