Before they left to continue their education at the high school campus, they planted a tree in honor of the men and women who were serving their country in far off Iraq and Afghanistan.
A number of their friends and relatives have since served in the those Mideast countries protecting our freedom and way of life. Many others have lost their lives.
In observance of Memorial Day, a granite plaque honoring our soldiers was laid at the base of the pin oak tree which was once just a sapling.
Engraved on the plaque is “Dedicated to those who served their country in Iraq & Afghanistan, by the students of Austwell-Tivoli Elementary, Spring 2005.
The tree joins majestic live oaks which surround the campus planted almost 70 years ago to honor those who served and perished in World War II.
“Students attending Austwell-Tivoli schools are encouraged to remember and honor the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform,” said Stephen Maldonado, principal. “Patriotism is part of the curriculum.”