In lieu of Levy Lakeside and Birch Elementary Schools’ annual Veterans Day celebrations, members of the schools’ Parent Teachers Associations both shared a virtual presentation with Merrick students.
In Lakeside’s video, families with members who served and continue to serve in the armed forces spoke about their experiences and shared the importance of Veterans Day with students. Many spoke about positions that they held and where they were stationed throughout their years of service. All of them, thanked the students and the Lakeside community for celebrating their freedoms in observance of Veterans Day.
“With our annual Veteran’s Day assembly canceled due to COVID-19, we were trying to come up with some way of teaching the students about the importance of Veterans Day,” Lakeside School Principal Elizabeth Trencheny said. “This gives us and them a new opportunity to recognize and thank our community members who are veterans.”
Birch’s video featured students of all grades thanking veterans for their service. Many shared stories and photos of their own family’s heroes, from soldiers in World War II to active men and women serving in the armed forces.
“We honor you tomorrow on Veterans Day and every day,” Birch School Principal Kerri Galante said.
At lakeside, community members were encouraged to honor family members and friends who served in the United States Military by purchasing an American flag to be flown in front of the school.
Nassau County Legislator Steven Rhoads was also invited to speak in Lakeside’s video, sharing his own family ties to Veterans Day and its importance.
“Every single generation of Americans has produced men and women of exceptional courage and character, who’ve worn the uniform of our country in defense of our freedoms,” he said. “We need to make sure that we don’t take them for granted and that we’re celebrating the people that through their blood and through their sacrifice have preserved those freedoms for us. That’s what Veteran’s Day is really all about.”
Lakeside PTA Video: http://app.vidhug.com/B1ngoNDYD/hug
Birch PTA Video: http://app.vidhug.com/rJ9ksxFtw/hug