Red, white and blue served as the backdrop for touching ceremonies in commemoration of Veterans Day. At Locust Valley Middle School and Ann MacArthur Primary School, veterans were invited to be the special guests and thanked for their service to our country.

The Veterans Day Remembrance Program at the middle school was hosted by the student government and Operation Democracy, an organization which works to spread the concepts of peace, democracy and freedom. Operation Democracy President Kaye Weninger has been instrumental in bringing the school district and community together to honor veterans and share information. The event began with the Locust Valley American Legion Post 962 Color Guard presenting the flags.

Middle school students were treated to hearing inspiring speakers including Staff Sergeants Frank Knox and Nicholas C. Basile. These men spoke about resilience and working hard in the face of adversity. “Get up every day and do your best,” SSG Basile said.

Social Studies Curriculum Leader David Ethé shared the history and importance of Veterans Day. “It is important to remember these men and women who made sacrifices for all of us to have the freedoms we have.”

The meaning of the day is not lost on younger students. Second graders from Ann MacArthur Primary School held their own emotional ceremony at Locust Valley Intermediate School. Several students introduced their special Veterans and shared the branches of military in which they served. Dressed in red, white and blue, the students performed patriotic songs and made their friends and family feel appreciated for their service and sacrifice.

The stage was decorated with artwork the students created to honor the Veterans and the children shared the meaning of Veterans Day with the audience. Following the performance, guests were invited back to the second-grade classrooms for receptions in their honor.