RANCHO MIRAGE — Palm Valley School, a private educational facility, is not taking a day off on Monday like many of its counterparts. Instead, it will celebrate and honor veterans.

On Monday, Nov. 12 at 8:30 a.m. the Palm Valley School will host its Veterans Day Celebration. As one of the few local schools in session this day, the student body comes together each year to recognize our nation’s heroes through sung tributes to the Armed Services by the student choir, and honorable guest speakers.

Capt. Justin P. Gray, a Marine Infantry Officer and current Palm Valley School parent with three deployments: two to Afghanistan and one to Australia is the first guest speaker followed by Palm Valley School’s fifth-grade teacher, Jennifer Withrow who served nine years in the United States Air Force and the Alaska Air National Guard. This event is free admission and open to the public.

There are 307 students enrolled in Palm Valley School for the 2018-29 school year, so the program will be robust with no shortage of talent and heart.

Each year, Palm Valley School invites local veterans and city officials to attend. This event has become a large part of Palm Valley School and the local community’s tradition.

Palm Valley School Hosts Veterans Day CelebrationNot surprisingly given its size, more veterans reside in California than any other state. With 1,564,913 veterans living in the state, veterans make up roughly 5 percent of the population and there are 47 military bases in the state.

The longest period of service for California Veterans was during the Vietnam War.

Palm Valley School is an independent, non-profit school is dedicated to educating and challenging each student to achieve excellence and contribute to our global society.

Palm Valley School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

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