Students salute local veterans

11 November, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Veterans Get A Special

Veterans Day isn't until Saturday, but for students at Chenango Valley elementary schools, it's never too early to show appreciation.

"It's always great coming here seeing the veterans of the past and hopefully, coming here to the high school, seeing some of the veterans of the future", Sgt. Ryan Prat said.

Preschoolers sing during Sanchez Elementary School's Veterans Day celebration.

"As educators, we are fortunate to have such a strong veteran presence in Howard County", said Martirano in a statement.

Local veterans who watched the ceremony say it reminds them of the lost brothers and a nation that is eternally grateful for their sacrifice.

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"We wanted students to take a more active role as this is part of their leadership training and development", said Lt. Col. Erik Pettyjohn, Air Force (retired), who leads the JROTC program.

The high school invited about 150 veterans to the event. "I think that is what makes our Veterans Day assembly so special, because the veterans are actually relatives of our students". "We like them to bring in pictures, artifacts, things they can share with the kids to give the kids a sense of what it's like to serve in our military".

Staff and students go all out in an effort to thank the men and women who serve and have served in the armed forces.

The program began with a "Parade of Veterans" where veterans from several different branches of the military walked across the stage to be recognized by the students and the audience.

At the program's end, the student body of about 700 waved small US flags as they joined in singing along to a recording of the song "Proud to be an American".

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