Almost 200 turn out for St. Margaret's Veterans Day program

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

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.”