The Runnels School was a little fuller on Nov. 10 when veterans and their spouses attended a Veterans Day reception and musical program. Most of the veterans in attendance were grandparents, parents, siblings or friends of Runnels students, faculty and staff.
Head of School Marcia Mackay and Assistant Head of School Conchetta Foshee hosted the reception in the foyer of the Runnels Theater, where veterans and their guests were treated to pastries, fruits and cheeses.
The reception was followed by a musical tribute to veterans, performed by elementary school students on the theater stage. Runnels Cub Scout Troop 203 members presented the colors. The program included patriotic songs by the sixth- and seventh-grade band directed by Jill Swetnam, the Elementary String Orchestra conducted by Jennifer Cassin and the Harp Ensemble directed by Dr. Gabi Werries.
Senior Beta Club officers also presented a memorial wreath, dedicating it to deceased veterans. Later, the wreath was delivered to the USS Kidd, a news release said.
A trumpet performance of taps by sixth-grader Caleb Johnston concluded the elementary program.
A second Veterans Day reception and program, presented in the theater by the junior and senior high school, was attended by several veterans. Music was provided by the Advanced Band directed by Swetnam, the Advanced String Orchestra conducted by Cassin, the Harp Choir directed by Werries and the Junior/Senior High Chorus and Vocal Club directed by Johnice Thoms.
A special presentation of “Marches of the Armed Forces” was performed by the advanced band, conducted by freshman Caleb Reid. Veterans in attendance were invited to stand when the anthem of their service branch was played.
Sophomore Richard Harrison and freshman Wesley Stevenson performed echo taps at the end of the program.