FWCD Salutes Veterans

The Fort Worth Country Day community paid tribute to and honored the nation’s heroes on Friday, November 10, and Monday, November 13. The tradition of Veterans Day began with Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 to be Armistice Day in 1919 to recognize veterans of World War I. On May 13, 1938, Armistice Day became a legal holiday. In the aftermath of World War II, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made the first Veterans Day Proclamation later that year on October 8.
Lower School students observed Veterans Day on November 10 with Major Jennifer Colby (mother of Robert '29) speaking at assembly. Major Colby spoke with students about her experience in the U.S. Air Force. Her presentation included information on the rigorous academic and athletic training required (she conducted a push-up challenge among four students); she shared what cadet life is like; and she spoke about why she serves. Major Colby served in the Air Force for nearly nine years and is now in the Air Force Reserves. Her father attended West Point and served in the Army. Her husband, Rob Colby ’03, also served in the Air Force for nearly eight years as an Aircraft Commander. One of Major Colby’s roles now is to help high school students with the Air Force application process.
For 13 years, Mason Middle School seventh-graders have orchestrated a Veterans Day program that is both patriotic and profound. They commemorated the day on November 13. Middle School choir members kicked off the program with The Pride of America Armed Forces Medley. After this proud display, they led the Pledge of Allegiance and ended with the Star-Spangled Banner as the flag was raised.
Veterans and their families then walked to FWCD Scott Theater for the formal program through the time-honored Flag Arbor procession. As the veterans walked beneath an abundance of American flags, they were greeted by the smiling faces of Middle School students and faculty.
In the Scott Theater, this year’s keynote speakers were Albert Williamson Rollins (Grandfather of Luke '23, Jake '25, Anna '26 and Lilly '28), who served in the Korean War, and Richard Varnell (Grandfather of Caroline '23, Robert '23 and Virginia '19), who served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star and a number of Campaign medals. After sharing their experiences with students all the veterans had their photograph taken in the FWCD Veterans Garden, presented to Middle School students in advisory, and enjoyed a special reception in the Amon G. Carter Foundation Commons.
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.