Dressed in red, white and blue, second-graders at Ann MacArthur Primary School held an emotional tribute to the nation’s veterans through songs and poetry. A patriotic performance for friends and family included the presentation of a carnation to those veterans invited by the second-graders.

Grandparents, uncles, fathers, friends and neighbors were among the honorees who were called up one by one and presented with carnations in recognition of their service to the country. The group represented the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. 

The students performed “I Love My Country” by Teresa Jennings, “Thank You Soldiers” by Michael Souders and Angela Souders, “Veterans Day” by Cheryl Dyson, “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie and “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin. Students also shared the meaning of Veterans Day and a brief description of each branch of the military.

Following the performance, attendees viewed student artwork honoring America’s veterans. The event was held in the Locust Valley Intermediate School auditorium.Second-grade teachers Tanya Becker, Kim Herlich, Patricia Murray, Tara Rice and Ricki Sokol worked with music teacher Jane Benstock to produce the celebration and art teacher Dana Ettinger to create the coordinating artwork. 

The Locust Valley Central School District extends special thanks to the veterans who truly made this celebration special and to all of the veterans in our nation.