Brown School Ceremony Honors Local Veterans

Nov 11, 2020

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Brown School 2020 Ceremony to Honored Local Veterans and Families of Those Serving In The Armed Forces Virtually to Adhere to Safety Regulations due to COVID-19

(Schenectady, NY) – The annual Brown School Veterans Day Celebration aired virtually this year and included patriotic songs, interviews with military service members, and student “sounds of freedom” compositions. The renditions involved every grade at Brown School and featured a variety of COVID-19 safe instruments, American Sign Language, and flag waving.

When it came to planning the event, Brown School administrators knew the show must go on, even with the restrictions of COVID-19. The educational team developed a creative solution with the same end goal of making veterans feel special and celebrated. “We are so passionate about our veterans who have given to our nation as well as those who are actively serving. Even though this year has had its challenges, we want to continue to teach our students the importance of making a difference through serving the community. This is a very creative version of our traditional ceremony and we’re excited to share it,” said Patti Vitale, who serves as head of Brown School.

Music Educator Hannah Dick worked with the students for weeks on this multi-faceted project. “Preparing for this event to honor Veterans pushed me to consider, ‘what is worth celebrating and protecting in the United States?’ and I brought this question to my students. From this conversation some students created artistic works combining poetry, artwork, and sound around the idea of freedom–a difficult and abstract task–while others wrote new lyrics about home to a famous tune, and many students learned the Armed Forces Songs on a creative variety of COVID-safe instruments. This beyond-traditional program required extra effort and creativity, but I hope that it brings deeper meaning to the event for students, families, and Veterans.”

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.

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