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September 25, 2018

Veterans Honored by Phoenix High School Students


Patriotism and gratitude were on display at John C. Birdlebough High School as students honored members of the armed forces – past and present – during a recent Veterans’ Day assembly.

Students in Carol Blackburn’s participation in government class gather for a group photo following a Veterans' Day assembly. The students are joined by National Guard Staff Sgt. John Poyneer, Sgt. Erica Loucks and JCB Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch.

Students in Carol Blackburn’s participation in government class gather for a group photo following a Veterans’ Day assembly. The students are joined by National Guard Staff Sgt. John Poyneer, Sgt. Erica Loucks and JCB Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch.

Upperclassmen in Carol Blackburn’s participation in government class hosted the program in the auditorium.

American flags, a wreath and a modified battlefield cross were arranged on stage while students read poems, performed patriotic songs and honored local veterans in a video slideshow tribute.

“We feel strongly about recognizing our veterans,” Blackburn said. “Every year we host a ceremony and we’ve added to it over the years.”

This year’s assembly also featured two members of the New York National Guard. Sgt. Erica Loucks recited the Soldier’s Creed and Staff Sgt. John Poyneer discussed his appreciation for our servicemen and women as part of the ceremony.

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