Washington Elementary School Replaces Veterans Day Assembly With ‘Peace Assembly’

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OAN’s Avril Elfie
3:21pm – Saturday, November 11, 2023

An elementary school in Redmond, Washington, canceled its annual Veterans Day gathering and held a “peace rally” instead.


Lake Washington School District’s Benjamin Rush Elementary School holds an annual Veterans Day rally, but this year it will instead hold a “peace rally” to commemorate the International Day of Tolerance, which will be held on Nov. 15, the school announced. .th.

At the annual assembly, the school choir sang songs such as “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land” as well as the national anthem.

This year, however, the songs have been replaced with songs centered around the gathering’s themes of tolerance, acceptance and kindness. According to reports, some of the songs scheduled to be performed include “Live in Peace,” “Peacebuilders Pledge Song,” “Amani Utupe Na Ustawi,” and “Namaste.”

According to an anonymous parent of a student at the school, a “peace rally” was published in the October 29th school and November 5ththHowever, it was not explained what it was.

One student’s father told reporters: “I was very disappointed, but not surprised.” “For many years, the Veterans Assembly has been a highlight of the school and one of the few noon meetings that draws a significant number of parents to hear the speakers.”

The father said that in recent years, “school management has moved far away from tradition and pride in American history.”

He went on to advocate for a Veterans Day rally. Because “we must take the time to show our children and communities that there are brave men and women willing to stand up and fight for our freedom and peace elsewhere.” All you can do is look at it. ”

A spokesperson for the school told reporters that students will continue to learn about Veterans Day and support veterans by “watching videos about the sacrifices veterans have made and making cards to thank veterans.” He asserted that he would pay homage to him.

The “thank you” card will then be delivered to the Seattle VA Medical Center. A spokesperson claimed this would allow for a “more personal connection between students and veterans.”

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