MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Middle School is set to host its first ever Veteran’s Day breakfast Nov. 13 in the Middle School commons.
This event is a continuation of a Veteran’s Day breakfast that MVMS Principal Darin Prince has held in the past at his previous school, Big Walnut Middle School.
“I think it’s important for Middle School students to have respect for veterans in their community,” Prince told the News. “It’s just our way of honoring and acknowledging the sacrifices that they gave for our freedoms as a country and even here in Knox County.”
The breakfast is open to any veteran and their family members, Prince said, whether they are Knox County residents, community member, friends or family members of students, or not.
The concept of the breakfast, Prince said, is “serving those who served us,” and the breakfast will be entirely student-led.
There will be a posting of the colors followed by the playing of the National Anthem, a missing service members ceremony, a Middle School band medley performance and readings of student essays from the Veterans of Foreign Wars-sponsored annual Patriot’s Pen competition, which asks students to reflect on “Why I honor the American flag.”
Middle School students will serve veterans in the serving line, as well as at tables with beverages, Prince said. The Mount Vernon High School orchestra will be performing accompanying selections as well during the breakfast.
Following the breakfast, the veterans are invited to join the staff and students outside for a fallen heroes ceremony and a playing of TAPS.
“I think that we’re hopeful to put on a great day for our veterans, that will be entirely put on by our middle school students,” Prince said.
RSVP for this event by Nov. 9 at www.tinyurl.com/MVMSvetbreakfast or by calling 740-392-6867.