Honoring National Heroes

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To commemorate Veterans Day, students and staff members took time in early November to celebrate and remember those individuals who have dedicated their lives in service to the country.

Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s annual Veterans Day program honored a number of heroes in attendance through musical, literary and visual presentations. Members of the fifth-grade select chorus, High Notes, performed patriotic songs such as “The Brave” and a moving rendition of taps on hand chimes; student council representatives shared essays about the importance of celebrating Veterans Day and presented each veteran in attendance with a letter of appreciation; and the Technology Club offered a detailed explanation of the items included on a POW/MIA Remembrance Table and played a video they had produced.

Second-graders at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School also honored local veterans in their lives through song and the written word. The young students joined together to perform a moving song that give thanks and presented the invited heroes with a “medal of honor” they had created.

During the school’s 13 annual Veterans’ Day event, Rocky Point High School students and staff paid tribute to many national heroes and heard from several guest speakers. 

U.S. Representative and Army Major Lee Zeldin spoke about the importance of honoring our veterans. Rocky Point graduate and captain Nicholas LoRusso spoke about attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as his current teachings at West Point. The Suffolk County Chapter of Vietnam Veterans, led by Richard Kitson, spoke about the importance of Veterans' Day and the impact of the Vietnam War.

The program also included a musical tribute to the nation’s heroes. Guidance counselor Mike Conlon sang with his Sound Choice Group and played a historic picture show, Tommy Sullivan from Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge and the West Point band sang Proud to be an American and the school’s band played the National Anthem and the Armed Forces tribute songs.