Rocky Point hosted the district's annual Veterans Day ceremonies, giving students the opportunity to salute local veterans for their service.
At Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, Principal Linda Towlen explained to students how the national holiday was called Armistice Day when first celebrated in 1918.
“Every year on November 11, we give thanks for peace, observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m., and remember those who fought and died during times of war.”
Members of the JAE select chorus, High Notes, performed several patriotic songs. The student council also shared personal essays and the school’s Technology Club showcased their “History from Our Heroes” video. Veterans in attendance were presented with a special letter and commemorative sticker.
“The Veteran’s Day Assembly is a great tradition that reminds us of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women in uniform who have served our country to preserve our liberty," said Councilwoman Jane Bonner. "I thank all
the students for organizing this event and making sure that we all remember our veterans.”
At Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, second-graders had the chance to pay
tribute to more than 20 local veterans who attended their school’s ceremony.
Representatives from each class recited a special letter to the veterans, presented them with a paper medal symbolizing their appreciation and sang a song of gratitude.
Lastly, high school students were treated to guest speakers; Dan Murphy, a Vietnam veteran, Mike Murphy, awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan and VFW Post 6249 Commander Joe Cognitore, who also spoke about his service in Vietnam and work on the Cambodian border.