r Veterans Day at Art City Elementary, Springville, Utah, started with a flag ceremony from one of our local Cub Scout Pack’s; we then had the opportunity to hear from an artist and illustrator, Julie Olsen. Students were invited to write “What it means to be a Veteran”
and the top students from each grade were honored at the Veterans’ Day assembly. During the assembly Julie Olsen shared with us one of her books that honors, not only Veterans but the United States of America. The book she shared was “Discover America”. She shared the following on how she came up with the idea for the book:
“One day , while riding my bike through the Valley of Fire State Park, America the Beautiful, kept playing through my mind. The red-orange rock against the blue sky was breathtaking, and I couldn’t help thinking, “What a beautiful country we live in!” Those thoughts led me back to my childhood trips across the country with my family. I saw the sun on the ocean, the snowcapped mountains, the amber waves of grain. I saw the fields of corn, baseball games, Lady Liberty, and so much more. I have been in 38 of the 50 states in my life and am awed by the beauty and history each has to offer. I wanted everyone to experience the same feelings of respect, reverence and awe for this country. So I decided to take you on a journey. I decided to ask everyone to grab onto the string of a little red balloon and float across this great country, to discover America with me, from sea to shining sea.”
Art City sends a big thank you to all those who are currently serving and who have served our United States in any and all capacities.