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UV Honors Our Veterans

About 30 area veterans were recognized Monday, Nov. 9 at Unadilla Valley Central School with a patriotic celebration by elementary students and a breakfast in the cafeteria.

Pre-kindergartners launched the celebration when each carried in a small American flag and posted it on the auditorium stage and the older grades sang songs and read poems. Fifth graders named individuals from within their own family who served or are serving in the military.

The veterans were each recognized according to their branch of service and shared a little bit about where and when they served. They were later treated to a breakfast.

“I think it’s great,” said Merrill Nice, who has a grandson in fifth grade.

Nice served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968.

Ron Palmer, who was in the Army from 1966 to 1968, said there aren’t many schools that hold Veterans Day activities. He said he was grateful for the level of commitment towards honoring veterans at Unadilla Valley.

Elementary Principal Christopher Harper noted there were three displays this month at the elementary school. A wall of flags – one for each veteran from the area; a display case recognizing the conflicts in which veterans served; and a mural of student artwork honoring veterans.

The school’s Veterans Day Celebration is a long-standing tradition at Unadilla Valley and there is no shortage of veterans in the area.

“Military service has touched all families,” Harper said.

The celebration is a great opportunity to strengthen the bonds between the school and the community, Harper said.

“I really believe in the community and school and being together and working together and educating together,” Harper said.

Harper said it’s important for younger students to understand what veterans are and the sacrifices they made for our country.

“The past and present equals the future,” Harper said.

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