High school and middle school students honored our nation’s Veterans in a touching ceremony that included speeches, a slide show, patriotic songs, and the reading of poems and letters actually written by soldiers during war times.

Veterans in attendance included those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and the current war in Afghanistan.  A recent LVHS alumnus completed his service in Afghanistan three years ago and he spoke about issues and ideas to the middle and high school students that they could relate to. He also spoke of fighting and living in “third world” countries and reminded students to appreciate all that they possess in this country, including the freedom that he and his fellow soldiers have fought and died for.

A slide show of photos from each of the wars this country has had was presented with music that came from that era. Students read poems and letters from soldiers describing life as a Prisoner of War (POW), watching friends die in battle and missing their families back home. Some students read letters written by their own grandparents many years ago.

The assembly brought together several touching aspects which reminded students of the sacrifices that veterans made and brought to life the reasons it is so important to honor them.

Social Studies Department Leader David J. Ethe, social worker Marianne Masopust and community member Susan Carusi organized the assembly. “It is important to remind students in a respectful, heartfelt way, of the history of this nation and how our veterans have and currently are playing an important role in it”, Mr. Ethe explained. The Locust Valley Central School district was awarded a citation for hosting A Veteran’s Day Tribute.

Special thanks and appreciation to the Veterans for attending and to the following special guests: David Gugerty, Counsel to the Democratic Party in Nassau County Legislature (representing Diane Yaturo, Minority Leader); Elizabeth Faughnan, Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman; former Marine Robert Germino, representing Edward P. Mangano’s office; Kaye Wenninger - Operation Democracy; Doug Stebleton, Director of the film Operation Democracy; Maurice Renaud, son of Simone Renaud, Operation Democracy