Veterans’ Day Celebrated at W’ville Schools
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Little Britain Elementary School
Washingtonville’s Little Britain Elementary School welcomed veterans at its annual Veterans’ Day Breakfast on Nov. 8. First graders clapped in the service members and presented them with handmade paper-and-yarn medals, followed by second graders reciting and signing the Pledge of Allegiance. After the fourth and fifth grade chorus sang historic 19th and 20th century songs from every branch of the military, a video was shown of students honoring their military family members in their own words. Principal Sagrario Rudecindo-O’Neill spoke about the White Table, where everything about the set-up symbolizes an aspect of a deployed or missing service member. She then thanked the audience for giving her and all Americans the rights we have.
CAPTION 1: Little Britain first grader Olivia Henry, with her mom Washingtonville Middle School teacher Renee Henry, honored her great-grandpa Salvador Foti. (Photos by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 2: The veterans were welcomed in by first graders, who presented them with paper and yarn medals.
CAPTION 3: Students and parents proudly watched a video of the children honoring their parents in their own words.
CAPTION 4: The chow line.
Taft Elementary School
Later that same day, Taft Elementary School’s annual Military Luncheon saw scores of veterans attend a ceremony in their honor. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by students, other patriotic songs were sung by first graders, Student Council members read a poem, and a slideshow depicted all the veterans being honored. Many in the audience were moved by the sheer number of so many familiar names from around town and the school community. Principal Christine Williams read a poem called “The American Hero,” and then invited everyone to enjoy the delicious lunch served by the school’s PTA members.
CAPTION 1: The national anthem was sung by students while members of the Washingtonville High School’s JROTC displayed the colors. (Photos by Eugenia Moskowitz)
CAPTION 2: Army veteran James Moye with his granddaughter, first grader Lola, and her mom Celina, enjoyed the feast and sent long-distance kisses to Lola’s dad Eamonn Moye (also U.S. Army).
CAPTION 3: Christian Adams with his son, fourth grader Eli.