Honoring Our Veterans

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Audience members needed to grab their tissues as Ann MacArthur Primary School students honored veterans with emotional songs and tributes. The stage was a sea of red, white and blue with stars and flags mixed in as second-graders, dressed for their important roles in the Celebration of Gratitude.

As the children took turns reading about the meaning of Veterans Day, the importance of our flag and gratitude for the veterans who fought for our freedom, the audience dabbed their eyes, caught up in the emotion of the very serious words coming from the young mouths.

Following the singing of patriotic songs including “I Love My Country,” “Thank You Soldiers,” and “America,” six students introduced their special guests. These honorees were all veterans, having served in various branches of the armed services.

To conclude the ceremony, the crowd joined in to sing “God Bless America.” 
Second-grade teachers Tanya Becker, Amanda McCarthy and Tara Rice, along with music teacher Jane Benstock worked with the children to learn their parts. 

Locust Valley Elementary School Principal Dr. Sophia Gary said the ceremony was beautiful and a fitting tribute to veterans. “The faculty did a tremendous job to ensure that our veterans were honored in the way the deserve and the children made the assembly the beautiful tribute that it was.”

The following veterans were honored during the Celebration of Gratitude:
Edward Ja-kob (great-great-grandfather of Jackson Bosch), Bob Lonigro (grandfather of Kaymon Lonigro), Joe Novack (grandfather of Penelope Novack), Patrick Tomlinson (grandfather of Alex Tomlinson), Warren Wasp (family friend of Charlotte Munsill) and Rick Zappala (family friend of Henry Postillino).