Creekwood Middle School Salutes Armed Forces on Veterans Day

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Military flags are displayed as attendees listen to Veterans Day tributes from CMS students during the school's Veterans Day program.

Creekwood Middle School saluted veterans with the patriotic sounds of the school's choir and honor band.  The event, held Nov. 11, honored past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Honorees included current teachers who served and former Creekwood Middle School students who gave their lives serving on the front lines.

Creekwood Middle School teacher Jennifer Tye was pregnant when she received news she was being deployed again.  “Instead of being at home preparing for my baby, I was preparing to go to war.”  After giving birth to her son Jason, Tye deployed to Iraq for a mission as Operation Iraqi Freedom was coming to a close.  Tye said she has never asked for anything in return for her service and sacrifice.  “I can’t call myself a war hero.  I simply performed my job,” Tye said.

Attendees also heard personal struggles from families of veterans who lost their lives.  Some were former Creekwood Middle School students.  They also watched a pre-recorded message from U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw.  Crenshaw spoke of his experience on the battlefield and how his military service now helps him as a member of the U.S. Congress.

The Creekwood Middle School honor band and choir set the tone for the evening with patriotic melodies, including service songs for each branch of the Armed Forces.

The event concluded with a vigil in the school’s Veterans Honor Garden as attendees braved chilly temperatures and damp conditions to remember veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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CMS teacher Jennifer Tye speaks about her experience in Iraq while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw speaks of his military experience in a videotaped message as the crowd listens.