Barnum Woods fourth-graders in Ellen DiCocco’s class paid tribute to family members and friends who served in the armed services with a heartfelt assembly on Nov. 10.
The Veterans Day ceremony began with a student-led procession, with the fourth-graders singing and waving flags as each veteran guest took a seat on the school stage. Students also led attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Barnum Woods Principal Gregory Bottari extended his appreciation to the veterans present and reminded the students of why they should never forget the selfless contributions such men and women have made to our country.
“It is our privilege to say thank you to all of our nation’s veterans,” Mr. Bottari said. “The price for freedom is high, and we can’t forget to thank those who are responsible for it.”
In addition to sharing historical information, singing and reciting poems, the fourth-graders paid tribute to family members who served in the armed services who were unable to attend. One way the class did this was by creating a board with photos and information on their veteran family members, which was highlighted at the event.
“When I would ask the children what a veteran is, they weren’t too sure,” Mrs. DiCocco said. “Now they know the branches of the armed forces and why we are celebrating. Most importantly, they know to respect our veterans.”
Mr. Bottari also took time to honor Mrs. DiCocco, who has successfully run the Veterans Day ceremony for 10 years. The fourth-grade teacher said she started the event because she wanted the children to have an understanding of what makes a person a veteran.