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Forest Hills Elementary celebrates Veteran’s Day

Lieutenant Colonel Retired James Carlisle addressed the students and guests that attended the Veteran’s Day program at Forest Hills Elementary on Monday morning.

Students at Forest Hills Elementary School celebrated Veteran’s Day Monday morning during a school-wide assembly. Forest Hills Elementary is made up of students from first to fifth grade. A school-wide invitation was given to the students to invite any Veteran they knew to come and participate. The invitation brought in 22 veterans to attend the special program.
The program began with a brief welcome from Wilsey Hamilton, Principal of Forest Hills Elementary. She turned the program over to two students, Charlie Walker and Trip Norris, who served as emcees for the celebration. After students and guests participated in the Pledge of Allegiance, Charlie and Trip explained a little about Veteran’s Day and why we celebrate it. They also took this time to thank all of America’s Veterans for all of their sacrifices. The “Service Song Medley” was played, and each Veteran was able to be recognized on stage along with the student that invited them.
Lieutenant Colonel Retired James Carlisle served as the guest speaker of the program. Carlisle is currently a teacher at Forest Hills Elementary and also runs a charitable foundation that seeks to provide fun science, technology, engineering, arts and math opportunities for the youth of Colleton County. According to his introduction, Carlisle once ran 112 miles in 24 hours to see if he could do it. He has two children and is a 26 year Army Veteran. Our nation used him to make war, to make peace and to help prevent future conflicts.

He fought for three years on the front line in the War Against Terrorism on one continent. On another continent, he served as our nation’s point man as we sought to convince two significant groups of people at war to put down their weapons and begin formal peace talks. On three more continents, he was a deterrent to future conflicts. He has jumped out of over 100 airplanes while in flight, talked to presidents and kings, and dug toilets too. He most recently was awarded a Public Service Commendation medal in recognition of a lifetime of ongoing service to our nation and her people that continues to this day.
The second graders sang “My Country Tis of Thee” and “This Land is Your Land” under the direction of David Nay, music teacher at the elementary school. After the musical selections, those in attendance were asked to participate in a moment of silence and the sounding of “TAPS,” a very emotional time for most of the Veterans in attendance.
After the program, the Veterans were invited to stay and enjoy a small reception that had been set up for them to enjoy with the special student that invited them to come. According to the Communications and Public Information Coordinator for Colleton County School District, Sean Gruber, several schools across the county were celebrating Veteran’s Day in their assemblies.

Christie Slocum (572 Posts)