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Northville students give thanks to veterans

Students and staff at Northville Central School District thank the veterans after the ceremony held for them on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

NORTHVILLE — Local veterans were serenaded with many thanks as elementary students at Northville Central School District honored them during the Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Friday.

Throughout the event, students presented what Veteran’s Day means to them, while also giving the history of Veteran’s Day, the symbolism of the American flag and describing what veterans stand for. They also offered musical performances for the veterans. The school also recognized all the veterans who are family members to students and staff, along with the veterans who have graduated from the school district.

“I think it is safe to say that most of us have someone special in our lives who have served our country and made it possible for us to live in freedom. Thank you all for your courage, pride and integrity. This morning, in communities across America, programs like this one here at Northville are taking place to recognize our veterans for their many sacrifices, their courageous determination and their inspiring dedication to our community and to our country,” said Tammy Reidell, elementary principal. “We’d like to think this ceremony is one small way that we can give thanks to let you know that we are grateful to you for your great service and keeping our country, our freedoms and our democracy safe.”

Veteran’s Day, also known as Armistice Day, originated on Nov. 11, 1918 as a celebration of the ending of World War I. It became a federal holiday in 1938. In 1954, the holiday was changed from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day. In 1971, the date of the observance was changed to the fourth Monday in October. In 1975, legislation was passed, changing the date back to Nov. 11.

From Sen. Jim Tedisco’s office, Jennifer Donovan read a statement from Tedicso.

Elementary students at Northville Central School District use adjectives to describe veterans during a Veteran's Day Ceremony on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“It’s our responsibility to remember all that our veterans have given to us so that we can be safe and free. Students, please take this opportunity to visit with your veterans here today and to learn about the events first-hand that you read about in your history books,” Donovan read. “Many of them fought and helped win wars, and they came home and helped build a prosperous American economy. Some may not have seen conflict, but still sacrificed time away from their families and homes for the intention of keeping their communities secure. That sacrifice also helps us learn how to be better citizens. I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to all our veterans for everything they have done for us.”

Following all of the presentations, any veterans in attendance lined up allowing all students and staff shake hands with each of the veterans, thanking them for their service.

Students and staff at Northville Central School District thank the veterans after the ceremony held for them on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Madeline Downing sings the Nationa Anthem during a Veteran's Day ceremony at Northville Central School District on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

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