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Irmo High School celebrates veterans with drive-thru parade

For Immediate Release – November 17, 2020



Irmo High School celebrates veterans with drive-thru parade

IRMO – Military veterans in the School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties community and the surrounding area were honored with a drive-thru parade at Irmo High School International School for the Arts on November 13.


Each year the school hosts a Veterans Day program that is performed in the school’s Center for the Arts, but because of COVID-19 the event could not take place in the auditorium as it traditionally has in the past.


“We wanted to be able to honor the men and women who served our country, so we decided to put together a drive-thru parade where we could feature student performances and be able to practice social distancing,” said Colleen Marcou, Irmo High School Orchestra Director. “The veterans were the parade this year and got to see performances as they drove along the parade route in front of the school.”


The event also gave students a chance to perform for the first time since the pandemic forced schools to close their doors in March. Performances by students included the Irmo Steel Drums, Irmo Cheerleaders, Stingettes Dance Team, Irmo Drama, Irmo Chorus, Irmo Orchestra, Irmo Band and JROTC members.


“It feels great to be able to dance again with my friends while we’re able to social distance and give back to our veterans for the hard work they have done serving our country,” Irmo High School senior Casey Fore said. “I think that Irmo High School has always had the reputation of giving back to the community and I think the veterans of our community are grateful and thankful that we are able to do this to celebrate them.”


Each veteran who drove through the parade was given a special pin that was created by art students as a memento to commemorate the day.


Irmo High School Principal Dr. Robin Hardy said, “Our drive through celebration was a special opportunity for Irmo High School to show our sincere appreciation for what Veterans Day means: to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. I am especially thankful to our fine arts and JROTC departments for their collaborative efforts to make this event possible.”