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Middle School Choir Honors Veterans at Fort Carson

Dewayne Bast Eighth-graders provided a Veterans Day performance Nov. 11 at Fort Carson, Colo. Choir director Harriet Jarmon of Skyview Middle School in District 49 traveled to the installation with 45 eighth grade honors students to show appreciation for military service. They performed in the Post Exchange, while taking turns reading letters.

“We are here today to honor our veterans through the art of music,” said eighth-grader Alexis Smith, 13. “We stand in the midst of patriots and the family and friends of those who have nobly served. Thank you for answering the call to duty.”

Eighth-grader Abigail Williamson, 12, sang a solo of “The Call” by Regina Spektor. Her father sang the song to her in March before deploying to Afghanistan.

“The night before he left, I laid in his arms and he was singing me songs,” said Williamson, after her solo. “He started singing ’The Call.’ … It was the last song and he’s been gone for almost a year, so it’s special. Singing it kind of brings him back for me.”

“We take this day to honor those who’ve serve and remember those whose lives were lost fighting for our freedom and rights,” said eighth-grader Samantha Gardner, 13. For those who are deployed, I pray you make it back safely. Our country needs more people like you, those who not only believe in freedom but fight for it. … These words come from my heart and I mean them with the truest sincerity.”
Dustin Senger