Winton students planning to serenade veterans Wednesday

tmiller@mercedsunstar.comNovember 4, 2013 

— The Winfield Windjammers geared up last week for their annual salute to veterans, with the theme “Courage Remembered.”

About two dozen fifth-grade students at Winfield Elementary will participate in Wednesday’s performance at the 6981 Chestnut Lane school. The performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“Our whole purpose is to honor the veterans,” teacher Barbara Beltz said.

During their dress rehearsal the mostly 10-year-olds wore red, white and blue T-shirts that read “These Colors Don’t Run.” They sang some somber numbers as well as some upbeat military ballads, including “The Marines’ Hymn,” “The Wild Blue Yonder,” “Anchors Aweigh” and the “The Army Goes Rolling Along.”

The morning performance draws an average of about 70 people, Beltz said. The evening performance draws closer to 200. She said anyone is welcome to come to the roughly 30-minute show.

Beltz said she has a “passion” for honoring veterans, particularly those who served during the Vietnam War. Both her father and husband served, she said.

“I feel like our Vietnam veterans were really not appreciated and never given a heroes welcome home,” she said. “So we try to give them a heroes welcome home.”

For more information, call the school at (209) 357-6891.

Sun-Star staff writer Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or tmiller@mercedsunstar.com.

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