SAVANNAH, GA – November 9, 2020 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) will honor active-duty and retired veterans with a virtual Veteran’s Day program at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. This program, featuring patriotic music, will be conducted by SCA students and will include special performances by students from the charter school’s music, piano, orchestra and strings programs.

“Vision: A Veteran’s Focus” will explore the history of Veteran’s Day and the importance that it has in our country. This program will also honor local veterans from the community and veterans’ loved ones who work at SCA.

“The Veteran’s Day program is just a small way that we can say thank you to friends, family, and members of the community who have served in the Armed Forces,” said SCA Music and Choir Director Lawanda Allen. “Having this program online makes it easily accessible for all military and their families to enjoy.”

Leading up to the program, SCA participated in various activities to honor veterans. One activity, in particular, was a school-wide community service project where funds were raised to support local disabled American veterans. In addition, an art and writing contest was held for the entire school, which allowed students to create artwork and write patriotic essays or poems that presented a theme of patriotism for the Armed Forces. Winners of this contest will present their entries at the conclusion of the program and be recognized for their achievements.

“It is important to teach our students to appreciate their country and the men and women who fought and continue to preserve our freedom,” SCA Executive Director Barry Lollis said. “We enjoy celebrating the bravery of these men and women with our Veteran’s Day program.”

The program will feature guest speakers, including Chatham County Veteran of the Year, Sergeant Jimmy Ray of the US Marine Corps, and Chairman of the Veterans Council of Chatham County, Joe Higgins. These individuals will share their memories of serving our country and words of advice to encourage other veterans like them.

The program will conclude with a traditional “Missing Man Ceremony” that honors those veterans who have fallen in the line of duty. It will be followed by a rendition of “Taps,” a bugle call traditionally played at military funerals or to commemorate fallen military men and women.

“Vision: A Veteran’s Focus” will be broadcast through this link:


For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Lesley Francis at or 912-429-3950, or Kristyn Fielding at or 229-393-6457.

Editor’s Notes

The Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) was founded in Chatham County in 2013 as a lottery enrollment public charter school. SCA’s mission is to provide every child with a classical and academically rigorous education while instilling a commitment to civic virtue and moral character. SCA is committed to developing literate and articulate students who will become active, responsible members of the community and will make a positive contribution to society.