By ROB NOVIT Senior writer East Aiken Elementary School students observed Veterans Day with patriotic songs, poetry, an in-school color guard and much more Wednesday. Many other Aiken County schools will be celebrating Veterans Day today, Friday and next Monday. The actual holiday is Sunday. Students with the fourth grade Creative Explorers Club explained how Veterans Day originally was called Armistice Day in recognition of the German government signing the armistice that ended World War I. In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day. In signing a proclamation, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "On that day, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain." The East Aiken program was directed by teachers Kathy Linton and Renee Owens, with student Blake Risher serving as master of ceremonies. Soloist Cheyenne Markel sang the National Anthem, and Ali Macley was a featured performer on the school chorus' rendition of "You Are Our Heroes." The East Aiken color guard members, who presented the colors, are Abram Elam, Shone Brodus, Brantley Byars, Kyon Swan, Colin Bouye and Junior Garcia. Other participants in the program included Megan Martin, Matthew McGarry, Huston Smith, Justin DuBose, Jordyn DuBose, Catherine Riley, Milaya Hightower, JaNaya Parker, Nathan McLeod, Jaylyn Bush, Brianna Staley, Erica Shelton, Brandon Dooley and Selena Tyler. Contact Rob Novit at