An annual tradition at Chatham Middle School, the students honored local veterans with a special school assembly open to all veterans, current servicemen and servicewomen, and their families. This year’s Veteran Day Celebration was held November 9th and included remarks by students, staff, and a veteran guest speaker.
Select choral students sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and the 7/8 Grade Band played “America the Beautiful.” Members of Ghent V.F.W. Post 5933 and American Legion Post 42 in Chatham presented the nation’s colors as well as flags representing each branch of the armed services and those of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
The keynote speaker was U.S. Navy veteran David Shea, who, along with being a veteran is a CMS parent. After Mr. Shea’s remarks, all the veterans in the audience were asked to stand and be recognized while the crowd applauded their service. The lights were then darkened for a slide show of photos collected from students and staff, images that represent the many family members in the CMS community who served in the armed forces over the years or who are currently serving.
The ceremony concluded with a flag folding ceremony and moment of silence, followed by a reception in the CMS Library with refreshments for the veterans, guests, and students who participated in the event.