Veterans Day

at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School

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Honoring our Veterans today and Everyday

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th each year to honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. At OLHMS, we show our thanks and gratitude to all Veterans, especially those within our Oak Lawn and Hometown communities. OLHMS celebrated the patriotism and sacrifices of these heroes on Friday, November 4th during our annual Veterans Day assembly. This year, we were able to host our all-school assembly in person for the first time since the pandemic. OLHMS 8th Grade Student Ambassadors welcomed over 90 Veterans to the ceremony and Mrs. Kate Ryan, OLHMS Global Studies teacher, gave the opening remarks and welcomed the OLHMS community and Veterans to the celebration. To watch the full video please use this LINK.
Welcome to OLHMS Veterans Day!

Welcome Veterans!

The Presentation of Colors was presented by the Richards High School NJROTC accompanied by a Veteran's Reflection later in the program from Mr. Douglas J. Groters CDR, USN Ret., Senior Naval Science Instructor at Richards High School. After the Presentation of the Colors the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, we took a moment to thank all of the veterans. Spencer M. And Jakob G., 8th Grade Ambassadors, said every veteran’s name to recognize and honor them. Our OLHMS Concert Chorus and Sunrise Singers sang “Armed Forces- The Pride of America!” By Larry Clark and Greg Gilpin, which honors The United States Army, The United States Marines, The United States Navy, The United States Coast Guard, and The United States Air Force. After the beautiful performance by our OLHMS Concert Chorus and Sunrise Singers, Mr. Terry Vorderer addressed the OLHMS Student Body with a Veteran’s Reflection.
HL Richards NJROTC present the Colors
OLHMS Band performs for Veterans Day

Honorary Speakers

Mr. Terry Vorderer served in the United States Army, 1st Infantry Division, he is a retired Oak Lawn Police Chief and Patrol, and he currently serves as Oak Lawn’s Mayor. Mayor Vorderer had a profound speech to our OLHMS Mustangs, as well as WWII Army Veteran Mr. Joe Fleck. When Mr. Fleck got to the podium, it was as if our students’ history books came to life. Mr. Fleck shared his stories of the war, and also emphasized the importance of our students’ future. Mr. Fleck stated to our OLHMS students that they are “the future of America… take good care of it.”
Mayor Vorderer's address

Honor Flight Chicago & The Fallen Soldier Table

After a speech from 7th grade student Aidan Z., a reflection form the Honor Flight Chicago, and beautiful performances from our OLHMS Concert Band, Emma A. honored and recognized all of the fallen soldiers at The Fallen Soldier Table. FInally, our OLHMS Veteran’s Day Assembly ended with Taps from Mr. Steve Imig, Army veteran of the 6th Army Headquarters, Mrs. Kate Ryan has the closing remarks.
Honor Flight Chicago

Special Thanks

Thank you Mrs. Georgelos, Mrs. Ryan, and everyone who dedicated endless hours to make our Veteran’s Day Assembly a success. And most importantly, thank you to our Veterans who served our country- thank you for your service!
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OLHMS in the Community on Veterans Day

2022 OLHMS Chorus in the Community for Veteran's Day
2022 OLHMS Band in the Community for Veteran's Day
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