Published in Weekly Teacher Blog

December 17, 2018

“..Land of the free, as long it is the home of the brave”

Oak Hill Academy continues to have a deep appreciation for our veterans and their service.  Firstly, Elmer Davis is known for being a radio news analyst, author, Rhodes Scholar and the Director of the Office of War Information during WWII. Secondly, he is know for eloquently saying, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  Above all this is made evident in our annual Veterans Day program. Not only honors our veterans and teaches our students the historical background to so many events in our military history. Beginning after the events of 9/11 in 2001, our program lasts over 2 hours.

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans.  The students at Oak Hill Academy, considered one of the best private schools in Monmouth County New Jersey, participate fully. They take the opportunity to showcase their talents through music, dance, dramatics, and public speaking.

Some of themes that have been highlighted at our Veterans Day program in the last five years:
  • History of the Ghost Army
  • Ministry in the military 
  • Military and service dogs 
  • V-E and V-J Day 
  • Letters from servicemen
  • History of the draft 
  • Intrepid Fallen Heroes 
  • History of “The Star Spangled Banner”
  • Sullivan Brothers
  • POW/MIA 
  • Tomb of the Unknown
  • “In Flanders Field”
  • History of Navajo Code Talkers
  • History of Tuskegee Airmen
  • Christmas Truce of 1914
  • Wreaths Across America

Veterans Day for Americans not only signifies the historical value of the date of 11th November, but it also serves as a day for Americans to come together to show their deep respect and appreciation for the military veterans of the country.  Military veterans had selflessly made great sacrifices to maintain peace within the country and abroad, and they should be given due honor for their heroic deeds.

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We are proud that our students, current and former, that have learned so much about the sacrifices of our veterans. It is our hope that they pass their knowledge forward as they continue in their lives.

Patrice Murray

Director of Personnel/Administration

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