Madison Elementary students honor veterans with 'Silent Parade'

SANDUSKY While many in the area celebrated the arrival of presidential candidate John McCain, Madiso
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

While many in the area celebrated the arrival of presidential candidate John McCain, Madison Elementary students celebrated our veterans and the sacrifices they've made.

To commemorate those who were lost, those who served, and those serving, the school walked in a Silent Parade to Veteran's Memorial Park.

Bundled up in coats, hats and scarves, every student in the building bounded out the door and walked silently down the sidewalks.

Once the reached the park, teachers handed out small American flags the students waved in the afternoon breeze.

"We've been doing this for a long time," music teacher and parade organizer Glenda Lindquist said. "The first time we did it, it made such an impression on the children."

When the students arrived at the park, armed forces recruiters were waiting for them, waving and saluting as the students circled the monument.

"The armed forces recruiters came down just for us," Lindquist said. "The students recognized most of the monuments we looked at today because we've been talking about them for the past few weeks. We watched a Power Point that had pictures of each bench, marker and monument up close, so they're familiar. The park is so close ... The children pass it all the time on their bikes, on foot. It's important for them to know what's in it."

The students sang a few songs, waving their flags above their heads all the while.

Norah Dearing was in the park when the students walked through, so she stopped to watch the procession.

"The students were so well behaved and so quiet," she said. "When they sang, I got goosebumps. It's great to see children out supporting our troops."

On the way back to the school, students were still waving their flags, walking hand in hand, silently.

"You were all very well behaved on our walk," Interim principal Ron Maschari told the students. "You all did very well in representing Madison School."