Kingsborough honors veterans with parade
The Gloversville Glamour Girls and fellow member, school secretary Deborah Ashe, organized Kingsborough’s third annual Veterans Day Parade as a way to honor local veterans while teaching students about the sacrifices made by people within their own community and lives.
Gloversville Glamour Girls Co-President Joyce Ashe said the group has a dual mission of inspiring city dwellers to participate in civic activities and honoring veterans, and has always enjoyed coming into the school to help bring students and veterans together for a unique learning experience.
“It gives [students] a chance to know what the veterans did for our country and for them. It’s a good learning experience,” Joyce Ashe said. “We love the veterans and we love to honor them for their service to our country.”
On Friday, relatives and family friends of students who served in the armed forces were invited to participate in a parade through the school building. Students lined the hallways, or the parade route, holding miniature American flags that they waved as the parade marched past.
The Gloversville Glamour Girls joined the assembled group of local veterans who were each accompanied by their beaming student relatives and family friends during the parade. Students watching the procession grinned as they handed out handmade notes to their special visitors to show their support for their service.
After making two laps through the halls of the pre-K through second-grade building, the veterans returned to the cafeteria for refreshments and Principal Trisha Bobowski called each student to the front of the room to present their special veteran with a certificate of appreciation and a handshake, or more often an enthusiastic hug.
“We want to welcome all of the veterans who came today. We’re honored to have all of you come spend this time with us. Our entire staff and our students are thankful and grateful for your service. Today our students would like to honor and celebrate their special veterans,” Bobowski said. “Thank you for protecting our country.”
The veterans in attendance echoed their appreciation for the opportunity to come into the school, including U.S. Army veteran Ed Anker who said he came out to join his grandson, kindergartener Oliver Anker.
“I got a phone call from him the other night and he asked me if I would hold his hand and walk in the parade with him. How can you not do that,” Ed Anker said. “It was really nice.”
Ed Anker said he enjoyed participating in the school parade, seeing excited students handing out cards and other expressions of appreciation to veterans as they passed by.
“I’m really appreciative of what they’re doing,” Ed Anker said. “It almost brought tears of joy to your eyes.”
U.S. Army veteran Frank Giaquinto said he appreciated the opportunity to join his grandson, first-grader Zachary Giaquinto, in school for the day while demonstrating to young students who and what veterans are.
“Maybe younger kids don’t understand what a veteran is or what war is thank God,” Frank Giaquinto said. “I wanted my grandson to know I was a veteran and to show how proud I am of him.”