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Veteran's Day at Tucson Unified


Check out these events from around the district!

Students from around Tucson Unified School District will be saluting men and women who have served in the Armed Forces for Veteran's Day. Events include flag-raisings, performances and assemblies. Here are some of the commemorations planned at schools:

  • Veterans Day Breakfast at Gridley Middle School. The Student Council will be holding this event on Thursday starting at 7:30 a.m. with the Davis-Monthan Honor Guard, which will participate in a flag-raising ceremony. The Gridley Band will play the National Anthem, and the Student Council will a breakfast in the library for those in attendance and will honor those in the Gridley community who served our country.
  • Sabino High School is holding an assembly on Thursday from 1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. to culminate its fifth annual "American Hero Week," which honors current and former Sabino community members who are or were First Responders, (firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, law enforcement officers), members of the U.S. Military and/or veterans. The assembly will feature the National Anthem, played by the Sabino Band; recognition of First Responders, members of the military and veterans; recognition of fallen heroes and Gold Star families and "America the Beautiful," performed by the Sabino Choir.
  • Pueblo Gardens PK-8 School will commemorate Veterans Day with its 17th Annual Flag-Raising Ceremony on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. Members of Bridge Builders (Student Council) will recite the names of veterans from the school's families. Cholla High School's Junior ROTC will participate.
  • Roberts-Naylor K-8 will have a special guest at its Veterans Assembly: The Color Guard from Catalina High School. In addition, Roberts-Naylor students will play the National Anthem, and veterans in the community will be publicly recognized, along with teachers. A small reception will follow immediately after assembly, and all staff and students will be wearing red, white and blue. 
  • Students at Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence K-8 wrote letters, cards and posters of appreciation to veterans. The notes will be delivered on Veterans Day.
  • Borman K-8, which is located on Davis Monthan Air Force Base, will hold a special flag-raising ceremony on Thursday at 8:25 a.m. The Davis Monthan Honor Guard will be in attendance, and veterans and all servicemen and servicewomen will be honored and thanked for their dedication to this country.
  • Grijalva Elementary School is inviting its veterans to a breakfast at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday to thank them for their service.
  • On Tuesday, November 14, University High School will host it's third annual Veterans Assembly at 7:45 a.m. The RUHS choir and Choraliers will perform the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Student Sophia Rightmer will be playing "America the Beautiful" on the cello. Honored veterans will include:
    • UHS Teachers: Dr. John Hosmer, U.S. Army and Amelia Quinn, U.S. Navy.
    • Ben Coronado, U.S. Army. Mr. Coronado is an immigrant who gained citizenship to attend West Point and was an Iraqi Freedom combat soldier.
    • Tom Scarborough, former principal at Cholla High School Mr. Scarborough is a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam combat soldier.
    • Tom Rea, a U.S. Army veteran who earned two Bronze Stars and served as a Vietnam Special Forces combat soldier.
    • Henry Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Johnson was a Vietnam combat soldier and was one of the last out in "Fall of Saigon."
    • John Levi, U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat soldier in the Korean War and is a full blooded Native American.
    • Ysidro Ruiz- U.S. Army. Mr. Ruiz was a WWII combat soldier who landed on D-Day at Utah Beach. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
    • Chuck Gutekunst, veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII and flew two missions on D-Day.
    • Kevin Pollak, a University High graduate who earned a Purple Heart. Mr. Pollack with be sharing his incredible story about a near-death experience and 60 surgeries he underwent from friendly fire in the Gulf War.

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