There is no shortage of Veterans Day programs and observances this year in Abilene ISD. Here is a roundup of notable events planned from Nov. 10 – 14.

  • Thomas Elementary School                        Thursday, Nov. 9            2:00 & 6:30 p.m.

Fifth graders and the Thomas Texan Singers choir will present “A Salute to Our Veterans” with a medley of the military service songs and more. Veterans or active service military personnel are invited, and letters written by students thanking them for the service will be given to those in attendance.

  • Ortiz Elementary School                              Thursday, Nov. 9             6:30 p.m.

                                                                                          Friday, Nov. 10            1:30 p.m.

Veterans will be the special honored guests for two Veterans Day shows featuring Ortiz students in the school’s cafeteria.

  • Bassetti Elementary School                        Friday, Nov. 10             8:00 a.m.

The Bassetti Bears are having their traditional parade through the halls followed by a patriotic musical program presented by 4th and 5th graders. The parade starts shortly after 8:00 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30.

  • Madison Middle School                                Friday, Nov. 10            9:30 a.m.

The district’s largest Veterans Day program is the annual “Salute to Our Veterans” assembly in the Madison gymnasium. The patriotic program will include the Cooper High JrROTC cadets, special remarks by active service members from Dyess Air Force Base and the U.S. Marines, an American flag display created by a Madison art class and special music by Madison bands, choirs, orchestras and bell choir. A donation will also be presented to the local Disabled American Veterans organization from funds raised with the sale of Veterans Day t-shirts, featuring the winning design by 7th grader Joshua Thompson.

  • Taylor Elementary School                           Friday, Nov. 10            11 a.m.

The “Voice of Taylor” choir is singing at the Abilene Christian University chapel service at 11 a.m. at Moody Coliseum. Following chapel will be a performance in ACU’s The Bean.

  • Dyess Elementary School                          Friday, Nov. 10               1:15 p.m.

Fifth Graders will honor veterans with a program entitled “We Will  Not Forget” at Lyndale Abilene Senior Living Center (formerly Royal Estates of Abilene). Veterans in the Abilene area are invited to join the residents as the students honor them for their service to our country.

  • Martinez Elementary School                       Friday, Nov. 10            1:30 p.m.

Each grade level will sing for veterans in attendance, and the entire school will join in for a number accompanied with sign language. After a demonstration of the significance of the missing soldier, students will give veterans a handmade “Thank You” card.

  • City of Abilene Veterans Day Parade         Saturday, Nov. 11          11 a.m.

The marching bands from Abilene High and Cooper High will combine their groups for the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Abilene.

  • Johnston Elementary School                      Tuesday, Nov. 14            2:15 & 6:30 p.m.

Veterans and active military are the special invited guests for two Veteran Day shows presented by the students of Johnston.