With Veterans Day falling on a Saturday this year, students and teachers in schools across Hall County and Gainesville decided to pay tribute to military servicemen and women on Friday, Nov. 10.
Every school in Hall County found some way to honor veterans, whether it was with a free breakfast or lunch, a special assembly or a parade.
The City of Lula opted to hold its annual observance on Friday, as well, so that students from Lula Elementary School could participate. Guest speaker for the 2017 Veterans Day Service in Lula was Command Sgt. Major (Ret.) Joseph Natividad, a Lula resident who served three combat tours in Vietnam.
Ninth District Congressman Doug Collins spoke at a ceremony at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy, which is part of the Gainesville City School System.
*The annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Rock Creek Park in Gainesville is scheduled for 9 a.m. The park is located on West Academy Street across from the main branch of the Hall County Library.
*The 2017 Veterans Day Program sponsored by the Paul E. Bolding Post of the American Legion is scheduled for 11 a.m.in the main sanctuary at Lakewood Baptist Church on Thompson Bridge Road.
Vocalist Sarah Justice concludes the Veterans Day Memorial Service in downtown Lula.
Participants in Friday's veterans service in Lula joined hands in unity at the end of the ceremony.
Community prayer was part of Friday's Veterans Day Memorial Service in downtown Lula.
The 4th and 5th grade chorus from Lula Elementary School took part in Veterans Day activities on Friday in downtown Lula.
Students at Sardis Enrichment School prepare to enter the school gym for a special ceremony for Veterans Day.
Veterans were invited to the Sardis Enrichment School media center for breakfast - and a little light reading - as part of the school's salute to veterans on Friday.
This student at Sardis Enrichment School prepares to march in the school parade on Friday morning.
Sardis Enrichment School welcomed 58 veterans to the school's annual Veterans Day activities.
Veterans visit over breakfast at Sardis Enrichment School on Friday morning. These veterans and others participated in a parade and a special assembly, as well.
Students from Sardis Enrichment School show their appreciation for military veterans on Friday morning.
Congressman Doug Collins of Gainesville spoke at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville. (Photo from school website)
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