Forty seven eighth-grade students from Maple Point Middle School accompanied a large group of veterans to Washington D.C. on October 1 for the Bucks County Tour of Honor. The Tour offers veterans the opportunity to visit the war memorials in our nations’s capital during a day trip, followed by a heroes welcome at the Parx Casino banquet facility in Bensalem upon their return.
Neshaminy staff and students have supported the Tour for a number of years. Members of the Neshaminy High School Marching Band regularly perform in uniform as the veterans return from their trip and provided a patriotic soundtrack once again this year. The Maple Point students and their chaperones departed with the Tour at 5 am, then spent the day visiting the memorials with the veterans.
The students created supportive placards which they displayed during ceremonies held at the memorials. They were able to interact with the veterans and even offered support to other veteran groups visiting the same day.
This trip was one of many activities at Maple Point that incorporates interactive history lessons by supporting veterans. During the year, students participate in letter-writing campaigns to veterans and active-duty military and enter essay contests. The annual Maple Point Veterans Day ceremony, which regularly draws nearly 100 veterans, will be held Friday, November 9 at 12:30 pm.