Veteran’s Day at Monroe Middle School
A moment of silence is observed in honor of our country’s veterans.
District 200 Honors Veterans
November 11, 2009
Here are some examples of the activities that occurred in District 200 schools to honor our veterans.
Corporal and Mrs. Turner
Monroe’s entire student body and staff assembled at the front of the school Wednesday morning for a solemn
flag-raising ceremony conducted by a group of visiting veterans. After greeting students, Principal Jason Stipp
introduced the school’s guests: Mr. James Myrick, Mr. Samuel Maggio, Mr. Eric Webb, Mr. Steve Alford, and
Captian Ken Jacobs. Mr. Maggio and Mr. Webb, the parent of a Monroe student, briefly addressed the students.
Monroe band students performed the national anthem, followed by a performance of Taps by two student
trumpeters. Eighth grade social studies teacher Ron Hladilek spoke about the history of Veterans Day and of the
special significance of remembering those who serve in the military for students at this school that was named
for James Howard Monroe, a Congressional Medal recipient
from Wheaton who was killed while protecting fellow
soldiers from a live grenade during the Vietnam War.
On Wednesday afternoon, Monroe seventh graders
welcomed Corporal Mark Turner, USMC. Corporal Turner,
the husband of teacher Katie Turner, described several heroic
acts performed by American servicemen during his tour of
duty in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. He also focused on his
reasons for joining the service. A native of Scotland, Corporal
Turner regards his military service as a way of paying back
the United States for providing him with so many
opportunities. His talk emphasized the importance of showing
gratitude to our veterans.
The entire day’s activities underscored this year’s
theme at Monroe: Respect.
Honored guests with Principal Stipp
Wheaton North Honors Veterans