Chatham Middle School students honored local veterans with a special assembly open to area veterans, current servicemen and servicewomen, and their families. This year’s Veterans Day Celebration was held November 8th and included remarks by Superintendent Sal DeAngelo, CMS Principal Mike Burns, students, staff, and a featured veteran speaker, Brian Simmons. Mr. Simmons, who was introduced by his grandson, CMS student Tate Van Alstyne, served a total of 33 years in the Navy, National Guard, and Army Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
Choral students sang our national anthem and the Grade 7/8 Band played “America the Beautiful.” Select students joined members of Ghent V.F.W. Post 5933 and Chatham’s American Legion Post 42 in presenting the flags that represent each branch of the armed services and those of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
Toward the end of the ceremony, 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 slideshow of photos collected from students and staff of the many family members in the CMS Community who served or who are currently serving in the armed forces.
The event concluded with a flag folding ceremony, a moment of silence and “Taps” followed by a reception in the school library with refreshments for the veterans, guests, and students who participated in the event.