VOLNEY – Volney Elementary School students presented 29 local veterans with recognition certificates during the school’s annual Veterans’ Appreciation Day assembly on Tuesday (November 10).
Students who nominated a family member or friend who has served or is serving in the military, sat beside them as classmates, teachers and administrators said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless the U.S.A.”
Sixth grade teacher William Cahill emceed the celebration, which is an event retired colleague Mary Kimball began about five years ago.
Throughout the past few weeks, Cahill said many students have learned the history of Veterans’ Day, what the Armed Forces do, and how important it is to tell and show veterans that people are thankful for their service.
“We’d like veterans to know that we are teaching patriotism in school, and students are learning that without our veterans we wouldn’t have our freedoms,” Cahill said.
He said he hopes the assembly showed students there are real heroes in their families and local communities.