Honoring Our Nation’s Veterans

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In honor of Veterans Day, students and staff throughout the Rocky Point School District paid tribute to the individuals who have dedicated their lives in service to our country.

Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students in Nicole Fisher and Stacie Zumpol’s kindergarten class discussed the meaning of the holiday, the important job of veterans and reasons to be grateful for their service. They also learned about one veteran’s service when Rocky Point alumnus and kindergarten parent Eric Burke visited. A graduate of West Point before serving in the Army, Mr. Burke spoke about the different uniforms he has worn, the platoon he worked with and the types of jobs in the Army.

Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School and Rocky Point High School each hosted Veterans Day assembly programs.

At JAE, members of the fifth-grade select chorus, High Notes, sang several patriotic songs, student representatives read original essays, and members of the Technology Club explained the significance of the POW/MIA remembrance table they set up, as well as why individuals wear poppies. Each of the dozen veterans in attendance were introduced and presented with letters of appreciation and poppy pins.

To watch a copy of the video created by the Technology Club,

During their school’s program, Rocky Point High School students heard from Vietnam Veteran Butch Langhorn, who spoke about his experiences in Vietnam and working at the New York Air National Guard. Additionally, the Vietnam Veterans of Suffolk County spoke about their experiences and what they were doing before they were drafted or enlisted into this war. Lastly, Mike Percerno, the director of Calverton National Cemetery, spoke about the role of this cemetery to meet the needs of our veterans.

Rocky Point Middle School once again organized a Veterans Day letter writing campaign, in which hundreds of students penned messages of thanks and praise to those living at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University. The effort was conceptualized by seventh-grade teacher John Mauceri and supported by the school’s English teachers. Elementary and intermediate school students also wrote letters as part of an effort coordinated by Gloria Meyer at JAE and Dave Crawford at FJC.