Every November, Covenant holds a chapel in honor of our Veterans. This is our opportunity to thank and recognize those who have served our country. Due to the sacrifice of brave men and women, our country is safe and free.
Each class does a special Veterans day study. Our youngest students make a veteran craft. Some classes write letters to veterans. Many bring in photos of family members who have served or are currently serving our country and share about them with their classes. Our older students write essays about the meaning of this solemn holiday.
Students also performed for our honored guests. Kindergarten and first grade gave a rousing arrangement of “You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag,” with waving flags and all. Second and third grade performed “Hat’s Off!” They donned red, white, and blue hats and performed in a Broadway style. Fourth and fifth grade shared an “Armed Forces Medley.” They learned the song for each branch of the Armed Forces and the history of each branch. A group of middle school students performed “America (My Country ‘Tis)” in a ukulele, chime, and choir arrangement.
A new tradition we started this year was our Veteran’s Day Poetry contest. This contest was open to all middle school students (6th-8th grade). Congratulations to three our winners! In addition to reading their poems for our guests, they also received gift cards and free dress passes.
Guests, old and new
For the first time, we welcomed Vanguard University’s Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Joni Prado. They led the audience in the National Anthem. Vanguard University is Mrs. Sanchez’s alma mater. Mrs. Sanchez reached out to Dr. Prado in search of a soloist but was thrilled when she learned that the Chamber Choir would be available. “Exposing our student’s to exceptional performances broadens their horizons and may give them insight into their own future. The fifth grade boy who likes to sing, sees young men doing that very thing with confidence. The kindergarten girl who is shy and will only sing in a group, sees young women using their voices to make one sound. Hopefully, as they continue to be exposed to excellent performances, students (not only the musically inclined) will gain a deep appreciation for the arts.”
We always reach out to Katella High School ROTC colorguard. This year they were under the direction of Retired Army LTC Erik McCall;.They post and retire the colors and assist Mr. King, former Covenant teacher and powerful orator, with the flag folding ceremony. Their uniforms and synchronized movement are impressive. But what stands out the most? Their respect for our country.
Lastly, we had the honor of welcoming Mr. Edward Moran, U.S. Army E-8 First Sergeant. Very shortly after graduating from Anaheim High School , Mr. Moran enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the U.S. Army for 26 years. He specialized in communications, interrogations and
source (Informant) operations. He retired from the Army in 2016 as an E-8, First Sergeant. He, his wife of 26 years, and his four children attend Crosspoint Church in Anaheim. Mr. Moran, together with Heather, and a group of close friends, continually challenge each other to find ways to serve in their community. They volunteer to assist the Valencia High School Football and Dance programs, and California Lutheran University’s Football program. Additionally, they volunteer with the Do Good Works Life Organization, a Southern California nonprofit organization which serves underprivileged children, troubled teens, families in recovery and the elders of their local communities. Mr. Moran is currently employed as a Sergeant with the California Highway Patrol.
He emphasized praying through all of his major life decisions from marrying his highschool sweetheart at eighteen years old to taking various positions within our Armed Forces and law enforcement. He also encouraged students to look for ways to serve those around them, whether it be their school/family or the community at large.
As we filed out the sanctuary, all students shook the hands of these brave men and women, these heroes. Whether you are a valiant veteran or a grateful citizen, we invite you to join us next year.