King Street Veterans Day Breakfast 2019
A special ceremony
Veterans honored at special King Street breakfast
The entire school gathered in the auditorium at King Street Elementary School on Nov. 8 in order to pay their respects to this country’s veterans. Gathered were friends and family members of students and staff, and veterans, who had been invited to the school to participate in a special ceremony
The event began when members of the Boy Scouts carried in the American flag, followed by the playing of the National Anthem.
School, town, county and state officials addressed the crowd.
“A veteran is anyone who has served,” Principal Sam Ortiz said. “Each year we come together to say thank you. We say thank you for the sacrifice they made and the courage they have shown and to remember those veterans who have passed away.”
Several guests discussed the importance of the work the veterans did to ensure that all the students have an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.
“Each of you has many opportunities, all are greatly due to the sacrifices made by the brave men and women in the military,” said Bill Villanova, a parent and retired commander in U.S. Coast Guard.
State Senator Shelley Mayer encouraged students to talk to the veterans they know in order to learn more about their service.
“We need to understand the nature of their sacrifice, ask them what it was like to be in the military,” she said.
William Smith, veterans benefit adviser with the New York State Department of Veterans Services, represented the governor’s office at the event.
A former Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Smith said a ceremony similar to this one motivated him to later join the military.
“The military is a special place. It takes a special type of individual to serve,” he said. “Those who have served, served with intention to ensure your rights and freedoms are protected.”
Mr. Smith was excited to be among the King Street Lions and asked the students if they would indulge him with one of the school’s signature roars.
The students obliged, offering a hearty roar to all those present.
Before the ceremony came to a close, students who had a veteran present at the event walked on stage where they were seated and presented their family member or friend with a yellow rose.
The entire community then gathered for a breakfast provided by the PTA, offerings guests an opportunity to visit with one another.