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Dunsmuir Elementary School Tributes Armed Forces Day

On May 19th, the day before Armed Forces Day, Dunsmuir Elementary School held a tribute to Armed Forces Day with the retired music teacher and Vietnam Army veteran Mike Wright and his Trombone Quartet. 

Retired Navy Commander Bruce Deutsch, who also serves on the Dunsmuir City Council, First Marine Division Clarence Barger, along with Air Force  Veteran Sandra Hood, who organized the tribute, spoke to the school about the military services and what the military has to offer.
Charlie Buck who taught music in Mt Shasta, Brian McKee, and 4th trombone Kerry Mauro played the Star Spangled Banner and then the Dunsmuir Elementary School’s song with Wright in the school’s gymnasium as the students stood and sang along.  

Hood gave the history of the armed forces with the US Army which started in 1784 in Arlington but became its own branch in 1947; the US Marines which started in November of 1775 and became its own branch in 1834; and the US Navy with the motto “Always Courageous” that started in 1774.

Deutsch spoke about how the military put him through 4 years of college and how he served to pay them back. He spoke of discipline, hard work, a scheduled lifestyle, rewards of pay, and retirement from being in the military. 

Oher songs were performed including Taps at the end of the tribute which students saluted during the performance. 

Hood organized a display in the auxiliary room for the tribute with pictures, uniforms that were worn, medals, and other memorabilia for the students. 

8th-grader Aden Hoerber said, “This gives me an insight into the people who served. It is very honorable.” 

“This showed that we should join the armed forces. It is amazing that it paid for the Commander’s college and he worked to pay it back. My brother wants to join.”

7th-grader Sara Urean

 “I would like to join the Navy. It sounds exciting.”

1st-grader Sebastian Williams

“I liked singing the songs. It makes me happy. I want to join the Navy so I can be on boats. They will pay for my college. I want to be a soldier and protect my country.” 

1st-grader Noah Ridge


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