Second-graders at Ann MacArthur Primary School honored veterans for their service to our country with a beautiful Celebration of Gratitude held at Locust Valley Intermediate School on Nov. 9. Dressed in red, white and blue, the children sang patriotic songs and recognized special veterans from near and far.
Students with family members that are veterans recognized those special men and women with a red poppy and introduced them to the audience. A few veterans were recognized, but could not attend.
Ann MacArthur Primary School teachers worked diligently to make sure the children were prepared for this special tribute to our veterans. The children worked just as hard and it showed through their perfect performances.
The following veterans were honored during the Celebration of Gratitude:
Richard Bathie, United States Army (father of Assistant Principal Amy Watson); Collin Fried, United States Army (cousin of Charlotte Lewicki); George Gregory, United States Army (grandfather of Christopher Velsor); Greg Hach, United States Air Force (father of Savannah Hach); Donald Hansen, United States Navy (grandfather of Josie Hansen); Joseph Lombardi, United States Air Force (great uncle of Keira McHugh); John Marcantonio, United States Army (grandfather of Mia Marcantonio); Thomas McKeon, United States Army and Nicole McKeon, United States Army (parents of Kimberly McKeon); Robert Seldomridge, United States Marine Corps (grandfather of Aidan Habermehl); Harry Stein, United States Air Force (grandfather of Blake Bertnsson); Trevor Tebaldi, United States Army and Navy (uncle of Naomi Smith); Chris Valentine, United States Army (uncle of Thomas Simon).