On Monday, Nov. 12, students at Palms West Charter School displayed their patriotism and love for country by honoring veterans.
In a middle school assembly, school and community veterans were shown appreciation through several traditional military enactments led by the students. Two U.S. flags, one that flew in Afghanistan and a second that was presented to a family member during a military funeral, were both solemnly and ceremoniously folded according to protocol. Then, a T-shirt bearing the image of Air Force Capt. Peter Grubb, who was tragically shot down and killed during a mission over North Vietnam in 1967, was framed and displayed. The shirt was given to the school by Grubb’s cousin as a thank you for finding and returning to the family a Vietnam era bracelet etched with the captain’s name.
Following this was the symbolic placing of paper “bricks” onto a student-created veterans wall. Several staff and community members were honored by the addition and placement of their names upon this wall of honor. Finally, all were treated to the inspirational words of Royal Palm Beach Councilman Jeff Hmara as he recalled his service as an army colonel.