Veterans from the area were honored with the annual Veterans Day Breakfast at Little Britain Elementary School on November 9, 2023. No matter the branch or their current status in the military, it was a day to honor our veterans' work and sacrifice for our country.
Both veterans and families attended the thank you breakfast. The morning started off with breakfast, of course. The West Point Brass Quintet played music in the background as veterans entered and students lined up at the entrance to welcome them.
“On behalf of Dr. Barrie we would like to thank you for your services, you and your families have made and your willingness to serve our country,” said Barbara Quinn, the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum. “You endured hardships and you were willing to risk your life to maintain our freedom. Which, as we all know, is extremely important and sometimes, taken for granted.”
Debra Zupko’s class led the pledge of allegiance, in sign language and then there was a performance from the fourth and fifth grade chorus.
During breakfast, the poem for Missing Man Table was read. The Missing Man Table represents the feelings and emotions reserved for those who did not come home. It symbolizes that they are here with us, in spirit.
“Thank you everybody for coming. Outside of thanking you for your services, I also would like to thank you for being amazing parents, fathers, mothers, and grandparents on top of everything else,” said Superintendent Dr. Larry Washington. “I want to thank the PTOs and PTAs for all of their hard work. The sacrifice that you do on a regular day, within your life, is a little different from all of us, but on top of being amazing parents, the support for the school district goes a long way.”
In addition, students were called up to read essays that they wrote in honor of Veterans Day:
Sam Bottiglieri: “You all, in this room, are brave people and this entire school respects you and is thankful for all of the hard work you do to keep us a free country and as a happy family at Little Britain. We all celebrate Veterans Day to honor all of the past and present soldiers who put their lives on the line to keep our country safe and free.”
Hailey Wagner: “My mom is a veteran and she served for 21 years in the Army. On Veterans Day, we support all of the veterans, and it is important that we show appreciation toward those who served in the military.”
Paige Wilger: “My dad was in the United States Marine Corps and he was detached to the Navy. He spent a lot of time on Navy boats, working on aircrafts in other countries. Veterans Day is important for us to celebrate and recognize the men and women who have served and fought for our country.”
Attendees were led outside, where students waited for the New Windsor Color Guard to present the colors while Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Veterans Day Breakfast was a special way to honor our Veterans.Thank you for your service!