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Honoring and Remembering

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
—Joseph Campbell

Artwork created by MBS students for Memorial Day
Artwork created by MBS students for Memorial Day

Porters Point School, Union Memorial School, and Malletts Bay School recently hosted all-school assemblies in honor of Memorial Day.

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.

Colonel Palmer and his family demonstrate proper folding of the US flag
Colonel Palmer and his family demonstrate proper folding of the flag

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“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.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Erin Sorenson’s first-grade class shared the meaning of the pledge with the school, and Sherry Thibault’s second-grade class shared a poem called “Memorial Day.”

First graders explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance
First graders explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance

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Second graders read a poem at the assembly
Second graders read a poem at the assembly

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.

American Legion Post 91's Barbara Bushaw addresses the students
American Legion Post 91’s Barbara Bushaw addresses the students

Marty McRae concluded the ceremony with “Taps.”

Beloved bus driver and former music teacher Marty McRae performs "Taps" at the assembly
Beloved bus driver and former music teacher Marty McRae performs “Taps” at the assembly

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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.

Sargeant Casto addresses Malletts Bay School at the Memorial Day event
Sargeant Casto addresses Malletts Bay School at the Memorial Day event

The MBS chorus and band performed patriotic pieces for the assembly, and a number of students read their poems about peace.

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Jayme Baldwin: “Deep inside, you’ll find respect, friendliness.”
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Stephanie Trepanier: “It’s your world; treat it gently. It’s your choice; make the right one.”
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Isabella Seissen: “When I think of peace, I hear people saying, ‘Sorry.’ I hear people saying, ‘I love you.’ I hear people saying, ‘Let’s make up.'”
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Kevin Coryer: “Peace brings family. Peace brings hope. Peace brings love.”
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Bobby Genest: “Peace can warm your heart.”

Colchester Middle School seventh grader Thomas Colgrove and eighth grader Nikoli Holly played “Taps” on trumpet at the MBS Memorial Day ceremony.

CMS students playing "Taps"
CMS students playing “Taps”

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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