Veterans to be honored at Lighthouse Christian School
This Friday, the students of Lighthouse Christian School will be hosting a special tribute to all the branches of the military and thanking veterans for their service to the country.
“It’s a labor of love. I just love it,” said Pat Viguie, who works at the school and has been coordinating the event for nine years.
The program will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Dagsboro Church of God. The program will feature children showing their love of country and freedom, while also expressing their appreciation for the men and women who have served and are serving in the military.
“They are trying to pay back in their own way — whether it be with songs or poems or a letter of thanks — just to let them know how much we love them, we appreciate them, and that we know without them we could not have the freedoms that exist in this great land.”
Each branch of service will be honored and represented by a service member, who will also speak briefly about their branch.
“The key this year is to honor all the branches. The big difference — usually we play a video and we have the veterans stand when they hear their signature song, like ‘Anchors Away, My Boy’ and so on. This year, instead, Miss Debbie, our music teacher, has the kids singing the songs.”
Viguie said all the students at Lighthouse Christian have been working hard to create a meaningful program for the area’s veterans.
“The plan this year is to have the kids do more of the speaking. I wanted to step out of their comfort zone and get out there, and they’ll be introducing the veterans. They are so great, our little people.”
Viguie said veterans are invited to attend the event and experience the touching tribute, which culminates in each student shaking the hand of those service members in attendance and thanking them for their service. Last year, she noted, the program was so well attended it was standing-room-only.
Immediately following the program, a luncheon buffet donated by local restaurants will be served to the veterans, their families and those who are currently serving in the military.
“You wouldn’t believe the restaurants… It’s unbelievable. They always ask, ‘What can we do for you this year?’”
It is important to take the time to honor veterans and to pass that respect down to the younger generations, said Viguie.
“It is to continue to educate the children in appreciation of the veterans that have served and the veterans who paid the ultimate price defending our freedom, and also those who are currently serving. Our heart at the school is to make sure they know this.
“You see somebody on Veterans Day, they’re wearing a hat, you go up to them, you shake their hand you look them in the eye and thank them for what they’re doing or what they’ve done — absolutely. We don’t want them to forget that. That should be part of their lifestyle as they grow.
“Our prayer would be for them to pass this on to their generation and keep it alive when they have family, and pass it on to their children and their children’s children.”
Dagsboro Church of God is located on Route 113 in Dagsboro, just south of the Route 26 intersection.