International Leadership of Texas held charter-wide celebrations for Veterans Day to honor those who have served, are serving, and will serve our great nation.

Each ILTexas campus held its own unique event, and at ILTexas Keller K-8, there was a particular heartfelt surprise that was sure to draw emotion from everyone in attendance!

ILTexas Keller K-8 surprised First Grader Keilani Love with her godfather, who has been gone overseas for two years. The video below captures the reunion and the moments leading up to Keilani's reaction: 



Keilani's godfather is Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Johnson, E-6 Paratrooper as a 92A Supply Logistics Specialist now stationed in Fort Liberty, NC. 

While the surprise reunion was happening at ILTexas Keller K-8, a scholarship surprise was unfolding at ILTexas Arlington-Grand Prairie High School! A Marine Corps JROTC cadet received an impressive scholarship to the tune of $180,000 from the United States Marine Corps. 

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Jonathan Carrasquillo's loved ones were able to be present at the ceremony and share in the congratulations of this accomplishment! 

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Each year, Veterans Day carries a large presence across all ILTexas campuses. From parades in the hallway leading into gym assemblies, to student presentations sharing what Veterans Day means to them, the day of honoring our heroes brings charter staff, families and communities together. Some campuses chose to host Veterans Panels as well as receptions with food and beverage to further get to know our service men and women.

Several elected officials also attended ILTexas Veterans Day ceremonies. City of Garland Mayor Scott LeMay, and Council Members Carissa Dutton and B.J. Williams came to ILTexas Garland High School. In addition, Lancaster Mayor Clyde Hairston attended the ILTexas Lancaster K-8 event, with DeSoto Mayor Pro Tem Leticia Hughes being present at ILTexas Lancaster-DeSoto High School. 

Much of the ILTexas staff is represented by veterans, including Founder and Superintendent Eddie Conger. Mr. Conger served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer. ILTexas also has the largest percentage of MCJROTC enrollment of any high school in the country where MCJROTC enrollment is optional.

To all of our veterans, thank you for your service!