Lausanne students and veterans filled the seats of the Elder Performing Arts Center this afternoon as we celebrated the annual “We Remember” Veterans Day Presentation.
The ceremony, honoring our veterans, began with the song "In Flanders Field" performed by the Upper School Chorus and followed with an opening statement from Social Studies Department Chair Dr. Rebecca Hodges.
Lausanne’s SGA President, Audrey Chatfield '20, took to the stage to welcome this year's guest speaker Andrew Huber of the Library of Congress. Mr. Huber spoke about the importance of preserving history and shared stories found in the archives at the Library of Congress about the bravery shown by different veterans over time.
Having Mr. Huber as a guest speaker was special because of Lausanne's Oral History Program. Since 2003, our upper schoolers have interviewed and written about hundreds of veterans, donating 266 of these projects to the Library of Congress for their Veterans History Project.
To commemorate the lives lost during the tragedy of 9/11, the Upper School Band performed the song "In Their Honor" before joining the chorus for "Armed Forces - The Pride of America," to honor the veterans in the audience.
To conclude the program, Headmaster Stuart McCathie spoke about his father and grandfather's experience in the military and gave closing remarks thanking all veterans for their service.