A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
At Porters Point School, keynote speaker Vermont Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Palmer, a pilot who commands the 158th Operations Support Flight, addressed the students about the history of Memorial Day, what it means to him personally as a current military serviceman, and why it is important to all Americans—especially to our country’s servicemen and women. He then read the US Air Force’s Flag Folding Ceremony speech, and he and his family performed a formal unfolding of the flag, talked about what the symbols and colors signify, and formally folded the flag back up.
“It was my honor and pleasure to speak briefly with them about how lucky we all are to live in such a wonderful place, in such a great country, and for us to give thanks to the men and women who made it all possible!” Lt. Col. Palmer said.
The PPS Pandas said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful,” “This Land is Your Land,” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” First-grade students also recited a poem called “Memorial Day.”
To a recessional of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” members of the American Legion presented each student with an American flag.
At Union Memorial School, students sang a number of songs, including UMS’s school song “Glad to be Here,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” and “This Land is Your Land.”
Darlene Mulcahy’s kindergarten class led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Guest speaker Barbara Bushaw with the American Legion Post 91 Color Guard talked with the students about Memorial Day, important symbolism, and why the holiday is meaningful.
Marty McRae concluded the ceremony with “Taps.”
At Malletts Bay School, US Army Sargeant Casto addressed the students about the purpose of Memorial Day and shared his personal reflections about some of the men with whom he has served.
The MBS chorus and band performed patriotic pieces for the assembly, and a number of students read their poems about peace.
Colchester Middle School seventh grader Thomas Colgrove and eighth grader Nikoli Holly played “Taps” on trumpet at the MBS Memorial Day ceremony.
These were important events as our school community honored and remembered those for whom this holiday was instituted. We deeply appreciate all of our community members who joined with us to make these events especially meaningful.
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