Sultan High School decided a day wasn’t long enough for U.S. veterans. They used the whole week before Veterans’ Day to recognize and support the troops.
On Monday, Nov. 4, ribbon pins were handed out to students to be worn through Veterans’ Day.
The next day, stars were supplied to students. On the stars, the students could write the names of loved ones who had served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces to display on lockers.
Wednesday brought a magazine drive. All collected magazines were to be sent to troops overseas.
On Thursday, Sweet Indulgence collected all the candy students brought to the school to send to troops.
The culmination of the week-long celebration was Friday, Nov. 8, when the Turks took to the stadium to run a full marathon, 26.2 miles, while carrying the American flag. The goal was to offer a symbolic gesture of support for all of the troops who have carried such a flag throughout the world on behalf of U.S. citizens.
Following the final reverberations of Taps, played by trumpet player Jazmine Morgan in the courtyard at the start of the day, the American flag was carried to the Turk Stadium by students Nicholas Heiberg and Tyler Roufs. They were accompanied by Dave Sivewright, known locally as “The Highway 2 Freedom Runner.”
Upon arriving at the field, the flag began its journey around the track. Throughout the day students ran a mile before handing off to the next student, which kept the colors in continuous movement for almost five hours. PE students jogged along in support and the entire day was broadcast live via Turk TV.