Glenwood Springs Middle School students sing vets’ praises |

Glenwood Springs Middle School students sing vets’ praises

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” “Some gave all. All gave some” were the words projected on the large screen that hung above the heads of the Glenwood Springs Middle School choir Monday in the school’s gymnasium.

“Walk it, talk it, sing that freedom song,” the choir sang during their opening song, a rendition of “Woke Up This Morning (Freedom Song)” by Cynthia Gray.

Nearly 150 people, more than 70 of which were veterans, came to the Veterans’ Celebration: Song for the Unsung Hero to hear the students and faculty of GSMS express thanks for the veterans’ service to their country. It is the third year the school has done this celebration, and it made Glenwood resident and veteran Jim Price very proud.

“It really makes me feel very good,” Price said after the program. “It recognizes that people appreciate what we’ve done. It’s very nice to be appreciated.”

Price, a retired Air Force pilot, has also been a substitute teacher at GSMS for about seven years.

Besides the choir singing patriotic songs such as “Peace Song” by Greg Gilpin and the nostalgic “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by C. Rice/Hughie Prince, three selected students read to the crowd prepared essays about what Veterans Day means to them.

“All veterans deserve our respect and gratitude,” said GSMS eighth-grader Grace Gamba. “We give them one short day, to stand up and honor our veterans, so that they do not go unnoticed.”

Statements like that gave Price hope for the future generations.

“It really gives me an appreciation for the youth,” Price said.

Glenwood Middle School vocal director Lorie Beattie Courier, who organized the program, agreed with Price on the importance of teaching the youth of today about the sacrifices of yesterday’s generations.

“I think it’s really important for the students to understand the sacrifices that the veterans made for each and every one of them,” Courier said. “We all need to recognize the vets and celebrate their commitment and their sacrifice.”

Glenwood Springs Police Officer Brian Larison was the keynote speaker at the event. A veteran of three branches of the military, U.S. Air Force, Army National Guard and U.S. Marine Corps, Larison was honored to speak to the crowd of veterans that sat before him.

“Some take freedom for granted and do not realize the sacrifices that have been made,” Larison said. “But let’s not forget those that have given the ultimate sacrifice.”

Those who have given their lives were not forgotten Monday, as the entire student body and the community members that crowded into the school’s gym remembered veterans either present or absent, alive or deceased. They were all remembered.

“This week, when you notice a veteran, say thank you,” Larison encouraged all in attendance. “For our military, a thank-you may not be necessary. We do it because we love it. We do it because we love our country.”

GSMS Principal Brad Ray summed it up at the end of the ceremony very well.

“Thank you might not be enough, but it’s what we’ve got,” Ray said. “I challenge you all to learn what dedication, selflessness and commitment really mean. These men and women can teach us what it really means, and we can honor them by never forgetting.”

Some gave all. All gave some.

Either way, it’s Veterans Day. It’s their day to be recognized as heroes.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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