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MBS Ospreys Honor and Remember

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
—Joseph Campbell, requoted by guest speaker Second Lieutenant Jill Bardon

Malletts Bay School hosted a special Memorial Day assembly and flag-raising ceremony on May 31.

MBS Principal Julie Benay addresses students at a Memorial Day assembly on May 31, 2012.

The Colchester High School band and chorus began the event, and Second Lieutenant Jill Bardon, a recent graduate from the University of Vermont’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, spoke at the assembly.

Afterward, the Ospreys held a special flag-raising ceremony, the flag for which—obtained by Aaron Frank, the Boy Scout Cubmaster of Pack 655—had been flown over the United States Capitol at the request of Senator Patrick Leahy.

Click here for a brief video clip of the assembly and flag-raising ceremony.

Lake Champlain Access Television (LCATV) filmed the event; you may watch the program online here. It will also air on Channel 16 at the following showtimes:

  • Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

It was an important day for our Ospreys as they honored those for whom this holiday was instituted.

And leading up to the Memorial Day service was a successful student-initiated fundraiser to raise funds to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Five fifth graders—Jackie Palaza, Abby Palaza, Chloe Echo, Molly Echo, and Morgan Casto—made bracelets to sell to support the project. Their monumental efforts raised $414.50 for their cause!

For more information, please contact Principal Julie Benay at (802) 264-5900 or by e-mail (

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