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Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 9:49am Age: 2 yrs
Category: Intermediate, District


Mrs. Marcolina’s fifth grade class hosted 10 U.S. veterans to honor and celebrate their service to the country with a ceremony and brunch on Friday, May 19.

Students began preparing for the visit two months in advance. They were divided into fifteen committees, each with its own chair person, and assigned different responsibilities for the ceremony.

The fifth graders presented the veterans with letters, poems, drawings, and musical performances, as well as a food and clothing drive to benefit soldiers and families served by Castle Point Veterans Hospital. The veterans shared their service stories, ranging from the rigors of active duty and wartime hardships, to humorous training experiences, and even a love story. They also passed around wartime photo albums and memorabilia.

A group with the American Legion George Smith Post #1607 in Unionville presented the class with paper American flags and memorial poppies. They also recognized Mrs. Marcolina for her long-standing efforts to honor local veterans. She has been organizing this annual event with her students for 23 years.

“I grew up in Minisink Valley during the Vietnam war. Everyone in this small, farming community was close to someone fighting in Vietnam. Some of the veterans here today were my high school peers and were drafted after graduation. My heart has always been tuned to the sacrifices of our service men and women, and I think it’s important to teach our children and youth that our freedom comes at a price,” said Mrs. Marcolina.

Parents helped the class prepare brunch and decorate the hallway and classroom for the occasion with patriotic themes. Family members, school administrators and staff were also in attendance. 

We thank our veteran guests for taking the time to share their stories and inspiring our students.

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