CALIPATRIA — In what appears to be a new tradition at Bill E. Young Jr. Middle School, students and staff gathered Thursday on the Calipatria High School football field for a Veterans Day assembly.
A renewed sense of patriotism, one legacy of Sept. 11, spurred the both celebratory and reverent event.
Interspersed between patriotic songs performed by the school band or sung by students were short speeches about Veterans Day and the importance of U.S. military members.
Lloyd Allen, Imperial Irrigation District director, a Korean War veteran and Calipatria resident, briefly spoke to students about his experience in the military and the importance of Veterans Day.
"We're here today because of all the freedoms we have," Allen said.
They are freedoms given to us by people in the past, he added.
"And we cherish these freedoms," he said.
Sixth-grader Robert Lopez Jr., 11, read an essay he wrote about an important veteran in his life: his father.