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Rho Kappa at South Grand Prairie High School (GPHO Life Member group), is an honors social studies group under the direction of Sarah Terrace (GPHO Life Member), whose students researched the support of Grand Prairie in this historical world event.

The program included:

  • Presenting the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance
  • The opening prayer was from the Campaign Prayer Book, which was published and distributed to American Service personnel in World War I.
  • The Rho Kappa chapter is named for Mr. Herb Summers. He taught History and government in GPISD for many years. In particular, Mr. Summers opened South Grand Prairie High School in 1969, where he remained as an educator until his retirement a few years ago.
  • Brigadier General Leon Johnson, the event’s speaker, told of how World War I was influential in the shaping of the 20th Century in America and the world. He mentioned that the first all-black U.S. combat unit to be shipped overseas was dubbed by the Germans the “Hellfighters” because during 191 days of duty at the front, no men were captured nor ground taken. The French government awarded the entire regiment the Croix de Guerre. He also remembered Frank Buckles, U.S. Army soldier, who enlisted at the age of 16, five months after the start of the war. Mr. Buckles died at the age of 110 in 2011, and was the last American Veteran of WWI.
  • Mayor Pro-Tem, Jorja Clemson, read a proclamation from Mayor Ron Jensen recognizing Grand Prairie’s efforts in the war effort.
  • The South Grand Prairie High Band, lead by Billy Laird, playing a selection called “American Collage”.
  • Some of the students researched Grand Prairie’s participation in the war effort. The students read, “Americans across the nation began offering support for the war effort in many ways. Only ten days after the U.S. declared war, residents of the budding farm town of Grand Prairie held a mass meeting at the schoolhouse to discuss food conservation. The people of Grand Prairie obeyed food and supply conservation, purchased liberty bonds, and made “Victory Bread”. Our citizens made sacrifices in their daily food by participating in Wheat-less Mondays and Wednesdays, meat-less Tuesdays, and pork-less Thursdays and Saturdays. In addition, the citizens of Grand Prairie planted War Gardens and, being in a rural area, local farmers did their part by planting extra food crops. The hard-working citizens contributed to the home front effort without reservation.
  • Students read the history of the poppy and the poem “In Flanders Field”. From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France, and Gallipoli, this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war. Yet the scope of the poppy has been expanded to help the living as well. It came from the inspiration and dedication of two women who promoted the flower to raise funds for those in need of help, most especially servicemen and civilians suffering from physical and mental hardship of war. The South Grand Prairie High Future Farmers of America have planted poppy seeds. Although it was too early for blooming for the ceremony, the students showed some of the plants and hope to have poppies blooming by Memorial Day.

 

The students did a wonderful job preparing, participating in, and leading the ceremony. It was an event that the entire city should be proud of.

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