The ASY held several events throughout the first few weeks of November to remember our Veterans. From our Parent/Child Interactive classes’ lessons, to our Fallen Heroes Flag Memorial and more, the ASY made sure to take time out to honor those who serve and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
In the weeks leading up to Veteran’s Day our Parent/Child Interactive classes have been working on understanding what their service member does and expressing thankfulness for their service. They each created a thank you project for their servi ce member that said “I hope one day to fill your boots.” The Kinder Time and Tiny Tots classes also created a banner to present to the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 to thank them for their service and sacrifices. The children presented the banner to VFW member and ASY board member, Jim Todd, on Wednesday, November 6th. During the presentation Kinder Time Facilitator, Lisa Leonard, told Mr. Todd “we at the ASY will do our very best to make sure your sacrifices are never forgotten.” Mr. Todd was thankful for the opportunity to bring the children’s message back to his fellow VFW members and said, “thank you guys, thank you very much!”
On Veterans Day itself the ASY was honored to present its Fallen Heroes Flag Memorial in Heritage Park. Nearly 100 flags were flown in memory of the 161 service members from Twentynine Palms who have given their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom since 2003. The ASY was joined by Girl Scout Troop #605 and nearly thirty volunteers who wanted to give their time to remember those who serve and those who have given their all. The Girl Scouts led the audience in a special colors ceremony followed by the pledge of allegiance and afterward several volunteers read the names of the fallen. The reading of the names was a solemn moment, giving each person present a chance to reflect on all what our service members give each day. As the crowd dispersed several people expressed their gratitude to ASY for honoring our Veterans, saying “thank you so much for doing this.”
The ASY would like to thank everyone who stopped by throughout the day to pay their respects as well as the volunteers who donated their time, including marines from VMU-3- 1st Tanks, 3rd LAR, 2/7, MCCES, 3 AABn, and Headquarters Battalion. We couldn’t have done it without any of you!
Girl Scout Troop # 605 Fallen Heroes Flag Memorial
VFW Presentation Volunteers setting up for Flag Memorial
“I hope one day to fill your boots!”