BLOOMINGDALE - Students at Bloomingdale Elementary School recognized local veterans for their service to the country at the school's annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday.
The school's gymnasium was packed with students, teachers, staff, parents and grandparents when the ceremony began just after 2:15 p.m. with the presentation of a red, white and blue wreath and the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Cheri Fisher, a teaching assistant at the school whose husband is an Iraq War veteran, introduced the dozen or so veterans who attended the ceremony.
School Principal Theresa Lindsey gave a brief lesson to the students on what Veterans Day is all about.
Students from Bloomingdale Elementary School act out the “Star-Spangled Banner” during the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
"This is an opportunity for us today to say thank you to our vets," she said. "Thank you for our freedom and for giving us the opportunity to choose."
Lindsey's father, who is also a veteran, watched the ceremony via Skype.
Following Lindsey's remarks, a group of fourth-grade students - Brett Bruso, Ruben Bernstein, Cedar Young and Maggie Goff - delivered a PowerPoint presentation and a video on the importance of recognizing veterans.
Each student in the school's third, fourth and fifth grades had completed a research project on a veteran, typically someone from his or her family. One by one, the students came to the front of the room to read the names of the veterans they studied into a microphone. The children then delivered posters they had created, that told the story of their veterans, to be stapled to the wall outside the gym.
Following the calling of veteran names, the ceremony moved outside to the school's memorial rock for a flag-raising ceremony and the laying of a wreath.
Music teacher Janeen Streeter then led the kids in performances of three patriotic songs: "Grand Old Flag," "America, America," and "This Land is Your Land."
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