Brown School Ceremony Honored Local Veterans and Families of Those Currently Serving In The Armed Forces; Special Guests Included Blue Star Mothers and John McKenna, Whose Son Died in the Line of Duty
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Brown School honored both local veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces during a special ceremony that was held live for special guests and streamed online for families. It has become a popular event as students sing patriotic songs, write poems and speak with veterans.
Brown School takes special care to prepare for this event that involves making veterans feel special and celebrated. This year there was an opening drum cadence while the colors are paraded into the gym. There was also musical selections including the National Anthem and service songs of the military branches. Plus, the honoring of John McKenna and Karen Curtis. McKenna lost his son, Captain John McKenna IV, when he was killed in the line of duty. Students participated in a special flag folding ceremony and a emotional slide show was shown.
Brown School Music Educator Hannah Dick worked tirelessly with the students to organize the event. “This ceremony helps us recognize and celebrate the wonderful aspects of our nation and appreciate the people who contribute to it through military service. I am excited that our Brown School Veterans Day Assembly both appropriately honored our service members and educated our students on important subjects such as the role of the military, the sacrifices of service members, and the significance of the flag. And this year was particularly exciting as our students returned to the stage for their first formal in-person performance in 18 months,” she said.
“This is a beautiful Brown School tradition that pays tribute to our veterans. Our students and teachers have worked very hard to create a meaningful assembly that teaches important life lessons. We are excited to have been able to share their work both in person and online this year,” said Head of School Patti Vitale.
Veterans Day is an annual U.S. holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11th. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world.