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Students from Sierra Bonita walk the Fiesta Days Parade with our Veterans!

Submitted by tiffany.manwaring on Thu, 07/25/2019 - 14:03

Students from Sierra Bonita participated in this years Fiesta Days Parade and walked along with our Veterans from our "Freedom Walk".

What is the "Freedom Walk" you say?.......

Nebo fifth-grade students prepared in advance of the Freedom Walk by researching veterans and writing summaries of what they learned. Banners from each of the schools lined the walking path displaying the students’ summaries and creating a Wall of Honor. Many of these summaries were the students’ own family members.

Principal Garrett Andersen said, “Sometimes fifth-graders don’t recognize the freedoms they have and the sacrifices that were made for freedom in this country. This experience, The Freedom Walk, allows these students to associate with fine veterans in our own area that have sacrificed for all of us to live in a free country.”

All students and teachers walked symbolically in the shoes of the veteran they interviewed or researched. Along the walk were six stations where Legion members would present, show items, and tell stories from their service. 

Many students designed a logo and submitted a theme for the Freedom Walk activity. One was selected and chosen by the Legion to represent 2019. This year’s theme is: “We don’t know them. But, we owe them. I’m proud to be an American.”

The Freedom Walk was first conceived by Legion member, Richard Johnson, as a way to help students have a better understanding and appreciation for military veterans. This “walk” is unlike any other event organized by the Legion according to the veterans.