Nearly 200 people attended St. Margaret's Veterans Day program on Monday. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 8:50 PM
Anna Broussard, a sixth-grader at St. Margaret Catholic School, said she was nervous to read her poem honoring veterans during a program hosted by the school, but that her family kept her focused.
“I was thinking about my dad and my grandpa while I read it,” she said.
Broussard was one of several St. Margaret students who were chosen to read personal poems and give a special tribute prior to Monday’s Veterans Day program.
Nearly 200 people attended, including Broussard’s grandfather, Joe Fruge. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who served from 1952-1956.
“It was important for me to be here for Anna today because she wanted to honor me,” Fruge said. “Kids Anna’s age should honor veterans because it’s educational, and they may go through it in their future. Their children or their husbands may serve.”
The program included patriotic cheers from St. Margaret’s cheerleaders, an original song by the pre-Kindergarten class and a skit. The St. Louis Catholic High School band performed the “Armed Forces Medley” and veterans were asked to stand when their branch of service song was played.
“I want the students to see who they are honoring,” said Wendy Wicke, St. Margaret principal.
Wicke said the students hosted the event and “that’s the way it should be because in the process of preparing for this, they are also educated on the importance of it.”
“It’s very important that we continue to recognize ... our recent veterans, as well as veterans like our World War II veterans,” Wicke said. “I think it gives them a real sense that people appreciate what they did.”
Wicke said she wants the school to continue hosting programs that honor veterans because it also helps students learn about the impact of military service.
“We are also instilling those values into our young children, which is not always obvious,” she said. “(We) not only want (veterans) to feel good about what they’ve done for our country, but also for our kids to become more educated about what it really means to serve in the military and to live in America.”
Posted By: TexCajun On: 11/12/2013
I remember St. Margaret very fondly. I was a student there from grades 1 thru 8, 1960 thru 1968. It was a very special time. Most of us had the same classmates for the entire 8 years. At that time, the boys and girls had separate classes in the 5th grade. I remember the "new" building opening up in 1965. It was something else. Sister Mary Patronella used to catch kids unaware and grab them by the neck with her cane. We were afraid of her. Mrs. Patin was the grand dame of the school. I miss her and Mrs. LaFluer, Mrs. Liggio, Mrs. Bourgeois and so many others. What I miss the most about that school was the sainted Mrs. Hulin and the ladies who worked in the cafeteria. The food at SMS was THE best. I was totally spoiled. Nothing could compare to it. I can still smell the fresh rolls baking in the kitchen. It's nice to have such fond memories.