The Christian Academy students singing, “This is My Country.”

By LorettaRodgers

Dressed in red, white and blue, elementary students attending The Christian Academy (TCA) in Brookhaven recently honored their grandparents with a variety of singing and dancing recently at the school’s annual Grandparent’s Day.

This year, the event took on a patriotic theme with songs such as Yankee Doodle Boy, This Land is Your Land, My Country ‘tis of Thee, the Star Spangled Banner, and God Bless America.

The students’ grandparents, who are military veterans, were called to the stage to be recognized at the conclusion of the Grandparent’s Day program.

During the program, several students’ grandparents rose to the microphone to share stories of their military service.

“I am very grateful to the Air Force because it gave me a sense of order and discipline,” said veteran John Garibay, grandfather of TCA second-grader Tala Garibay. “I am so proud to live in the United States where I am free to worship my Savior and proclaim His name with no fear of persecution or death. I am proud for having defended a country that was founded on biblical principles.”

Between guest speakers, who represented each branch of the U.S. military, students recited the Constitution, a freedom poem, a Statue of Liberty reading, a Star Spangled Banner reading, and…

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Air Force veteran John Garibay told students he is proud to live in the United States. Photos by Loretta Rodgers

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