Students and staff across the Socorro Independent School District honored those who have fought for our freedom and safety with numerous special tributes and events for Veterans Day.
Socorro High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps had a special Veterans Day ceremony in the school’s band room.
All veterans and active military from El Paso County and the surrounding area were welcomed to the event and enjoyed a musical performance by Socorro High School mariachi group Los Gavilanes and breakfast prepared by culinary arts students.
“I appreciate what Socorro High School has put together for us today,” said retired Marine Ismael Samaniego Jr. “I am honored to be here.”
Taps was played to honor the lost and a lone table was left aside in memory of those fallen and prisoners of war. A row of American flags adorned the front of the school in tribute to the veterans.
Benito Martinez Elementary School also had its Veterans Day celebration for veterans and active military. The celebration included breakfast for the special guests and a parade, which included the entire community.
Various school organizations, as well as neighboring schools participated in the parade, with students walking side-by-side with the veterans and military servicemen and women or riding along in Army vehicles.
“This says a lot about the El Paso community because they are showing support, which is definitely something that the military needs,” said Staff Sgt. Robert Sosa.
School personnel recognized veterans and active military close to the Benito Martinez community, delivered words in honor of all those serving and held a moment of silence for those who’ve passed or been lost.
“It’s important because the veterans have sacrificed their lives on the line so that we can have freedom,” said Alexis Salazar, fifth-grade cheer captain at Benito Martinez Elementary. “I think it’s really important to celebrate and honor them.”