Veterans Day is observed annually throughout the country to honor the women and men who have honorably served in defense of the freedoms we all hold dear. In the days leading up to Veteran’s Day, this year celebrated on November 11, students throughout the Middle Country Central School District were busy participating in various activities and lessons in honor of Veterans Day.
For example, on behalf of the Selden Middle School, members of the Long Island Harley Owners Group (LI HOGS) delivered 455 beautifully written and hand-crafted cards to the residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.
At Holbrook Road Elementary School, Principal Dr. Craig Ukenholz gave a presentation to students on the significance of Veterans Day. Students then each placed a flag in front of their school building to show respect and honor the Veterans who have served to protect. The Holbrook Road Junior Leaders Club, as part of their Veterans Day projects, decorated bulletin boards throughout the school.
New Lane Elementary School honored Veterans Day with a Veterans Day parade. Students lined up in the hallways as local Veterans made an appearance wearing their uniforms, carrying flags, and holding models of the naval ships many of them served on. Students sang patriotic songs and created a video that was shared with the Stony Brook Veterans Home.
Hawkins Path Elementary School held an assembly in honor of Veterans Day where students shared their researched facts and read their heartfelt messages to the Veterans. Hawkins Path Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, Dana Mullaly who served in the Army, and custodian, Michael Horry who served in the Air Force were honored for their service. They were presented with gifts from the faculty, flowers from the PTA, and cards from the students which were displayed around the building.
In Eugene Auer Elementary School, students learned all about the origins of Veterans Day and created timelines marking important events in history. At Bicycle Path Elementary School, students learned about famous Veterans in history, created paper Veteran portraits, and wrote letters on why they were thankful.