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Events pay tribute to U.S. veterans

Nov. 11, which started out as a day for peace, is now a day to remember all the veterans who have served this country to keep it free.

In anticipation of the day, the Historical Society of Federal Way will present “Honoring Veterans, Sharing Memories” from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Federal Way Regional Library multipurpose room, 34200 1st Way S.

“We’re trying to provide not only a place to celebrate the veterans of our country, but also provide history,” said Diana Noble-Gulliford of the historical society. “It’s a part of our own community’s heritage. We’ve had many individuals serve in the military and that service has changed their lives. It’s only right that we honor them.”

The program will feature Tom Leonard of VFW Post 2886 and his collection of the country’s 24 different flags as they evolved over the years. Sterling Hill will discuss the history of how bagpipes were used in wartime, including using them to rile up and scare the enemy. Any veterans who come to the event are invited to speak and share their stories.

Noble-Gulliford expects the turnout to be around 20 to 40 people. She suggests for those who can’t make the event to take some time to honor veterans in some way.

At the schools

Local schools are also honoring veterans in special school assemblies. Two local schools have some very special guests.

Mirror Lake Elementary will host Master Sgt. Robert Tetu, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in several tours of duty. He will share with students photos of the kids and rebuilding in those countries as well as a look at daily life in a war zone, including food, uniforms and army gear.

The assembly will run 2:20 to 3:10 p.m. Nov. 10 in the gym at Mirror Lake, 625 S. 314th St.

“It will help give the students an appreciation of present and past vets and an understanding of why they have Tuesday off of school,” Mirror Lake principal Kent Cross said. “It’s a teachable moment, to hear about things going on in Iraq, what’s going on for kids that are just like them over in Iraq.”

Sherwood Forest Elementary is also planning a special event. On Nov. 13, the school will participate in an annual program put together by music teacher Rick Reynolds; this year’s theme is Fort Lewis. In honor of that, Reynolds looked into the history of the military base and put together a Powerpoint presentation. He also taught the school songs and invited guest speakers.

The highlight of the event is the 56th Army Brass Band Quartet, coming from Fort Lewis to perform at the assembly.

“I love that we’ll have complete student participation,” Sherwood Forest principal Barbara Bergman said. “It’s an honor to have the Fort Lewis band. (The event) will combine information and entertainment in an ideal environment for teaching and learning.”

Contact Kyra Low: klow@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565.

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