LMS celebrates Veterans Day

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Lockerman Middle School held their annual Veterans Day celebration, inviting local veterans in for a spaghetti dinner and program. The program was packed, with not an empty seat in the gymnasium! The LMS band and chorus provided entertainment with patriotic music, as well as a moving solo performance by their very own 8th grade teacher Mrs. Shawn Parks. All 19 veterans in attendance shared details of their service with the audience.

Ernst S. Sellig, 96, was the most senior veteran in attendance. He retired from the US Army at the rank of captain after 22 years of service, and is a recipient of the Purple Heart.

Mr. Selig has vivid memories of Adolph Hitler coming to power in Germany.  At the age of 16, his parents sent him to live with an uncle in America, and his younger brothers were sent to England on a Kindertransport, (German for “children’s transport”), which was an organized rescue effort that took place in the months prior to World War II. Mr. Selig’s parents stayed in Germany and were both murdered in separate concentration camps. Mr. Selig has been a regular attendee of the LMS Veterans Day celebration for over a decade, and each year, the school community is honored to serve him dinner and perform for him and other veterans in attendance.

LMS Principal Nikki VonDenBosch stated, “We are honored to invite local veterans to the school to pay tribute to them, and grateful they are willing to come and share with our students. Stories like Mr. Selig’s are moving and emotional, and teach our children history in ways that textbooks cannot. The LMS staff and students look forward to this celebration of our local heroes every year.”

Photos from the event, courtesy of Charmaine Bacorn, can be found on the CCPS Flickr page.