The Third and Fourth Grade students and teachers of Middleton Elementary School presented a stirring musical program to honor our veterans. Under the direction of Andrew Proctor, the students sang several patriotic songs. They honored each veteran in attendance as they sang the official hymn of each branch of military service.

Middleton Elementary honors nation’s veterans

The third and fourth grade students at Middleton Elementary School presented their program honoring our nation’s veterans.
Opening with a processional set to “This is My Country”, the course was set for an entertainment filled evening. A color guard made up of members from the Marine Corps League Detachment 1331 in Corinth presented the colors.
The student choir led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and then sang our national anthem. Elementary Principal Doris Keller welcomed those attending.
Toe tapping time arrived in full force as the students, under the direction of music teacher, Andrew Proctor, swung into a rousing version of “You’re a Grand Old Flag”.  
“We want to thank the veterans here tonight. Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for risking your lives to protect our country,” said Lisa Lanier, third grade teacher. “As our choir sings the official hymn of your branch of service, please stand.”
The students then launched into the hymns associated with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Veterans of each service stood and were applauded by those in attendance. The spirit of the moment continued as the children sang “Yankee Doodle”.
Lanier then asked those present to join together for a moment of silence in honor of those who gave their lives for our country. This was followed by “Taps” played by Gerald Nichols, member of the Marine Corps League.
 The choir ended their presentation with a stirring presentation of “God Bless the U.S.A.”  before their recessional to “This is My Country.”