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Monday November 14, 2016 at 3:29pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, Minisink Elementary


They wrote and illustrated cards, wore paper-crowns with messages, and entered an essay contest, all to express their thanks to American Veterans.


Organized by second grade teachers, the annual Veterans Day Visit at the Elementary School brings children and local Veterans together to celebrate men and women who serve, or have served, in the United States Armed Forces. During their visit on Nov. 10, Veterans shared personal stories about their service experience, photos and memorabilia. 


In honor of those who gave their lives in service to the country, they set up a POW/MIA table and explained its symbolism. Students read to the Veterans and posed questions about their time in the armed forces.  


“Did you miss your parents when you were in the war?”

“Did you arrest bad guys?”

“What did you eat?”

“Were you ever scared?”

“How many friends did you lose in the war?”

“What was it like when the war ended?”


The visit ended with the Veterans showing students how to fold the American flag.  Essay winners earned the special privilege of a pizza lunch with the visitors.


Representing local Veterans were Earl Demberg, a U.S. Army specialist in the Korean War; Tom Murtangh, a U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate; Arthur Olah, a U.S. Air Force Sargent; Nick Solimando, a U.S. Navy Petty Officer; and Ken Balzano, a U.S. Army specialist in the Vietnam War. All are members of the American Legion George Smith Post #1607 in Unionville. 


A photo album of the Veterans visit and a video of the folding of the flag are available on our Facebook page