Kingsbury thanks veterans

While some came with memories, others came with mementoes from their time in the service for students to see. Greg Gonyea had his air helmet and parachute pack in tow for a class of second-graders to put their hand on. With him is veterans Lloyd Schmaltz and Jim Rogers. Photo by Shelby Tankersley.
While some came with memories, others came with mementos from their time in the service for students to see. Greg Gonyea had his air helmet and parachute pack in tow for a class of second-graders to put their hand on. With him is veterans Lloyd Schmaltz and Jim Rogers. Photo by Shelby Tankersley.

Marking 100 years since the first World War, Kingsbury students and teachers paid tribute to family and community members who risked their lives for the red, white and blue on the morning of Friday, Nov. 9.

Veterans were honored with a breakfast and a ceremony led by Kingsbury students. During the ceremony, the Middle School Band played the “Star-Spangled Banner,”  kindergarten students sang Lee Greenwood’s classic tune “God Bless the USA”  while proudly sporting red,white and blue clothing and eighth-grader Georgie Howe read an original poem titled “No War! World Peace!”

“Let’s make something so strong to last, never forgotten or thrown in the past, not something where many will perish and fall.”  Howe read. “So let’s have world peace, forever and for all.”

The students got a little something from the experience as well. Former Navy Seabee Crystal Bersche spoke during the ceremony, and veterans from a variety of branches and wars split into classrooms to answer any questions the students had after the ceremony. Kingsbury kids asked the veterans about everything from what it’s like to fly an airplane to what’s really in Area 51.

During the sessions, a number of generations got to share the common bond of having a love for their country.

For a full page of photos from the day, check out a copy of this week’s Oxford Leader.

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