On Thursday, November 10th at 10:00AM our school gymnasium was filled with more than 150 guests who joined our students and staff to reflect, remember, and honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. With many veterans in attendance, our school gymnasium was decorated with writings and art projects in the colors of red, white, and blue, while our students presented songs, poetry, prayers, and readings to honor our guests. This celebration allowed our school community to come together to honor our veterans and show our gratitude and respect for those who put service before self.
This memorable program, which was coordinated by Miss Sayegh, one of our 6th grade teachers, began with members of Stewart Air Force Base Color Guard leading our school with a flag ceremony, a welcome by Jack Anderson, our student council president, and our 8th grade students leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. The program lasted for about one hour and was followed by a delicious luncheon of chicken, ziti, meatballs, salad, bread and a delicious cake, baked and donated by Mrs. Patti Hilal, owner of Patti Cakes. All were served by our 8th grade student council officers and other students representing our upper house.
As a school community, our Veterans Day Celebration was a wonderful learning experience about liberty, patriotism, and democracy. It was an opportunity for our students to spend time with men and women who have kept America strong and have protected our way of life. It was an opportunity for our students to show their deepest gratitude and appreciation to Veterans and their families. Our tribute on this day honored these Veterans and the memory of those comrades who gave their lives in service to our Nation.