New Haven students honor local veterans

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Pictured above: Veterans enjoy breakfast sponsored by New Haven Student Council.

The United States of America was founded on the basis of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.  Men and women have served and continue to serve to protect America’s ideals.

Today on this Veterans Day remember and honor those who have sacrificed every moment of their lives to achieve peace and democracy.  As John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

This morning local Veterans were honored at New Haven High School with a breakfast, sponsored by the high school’s student council.  Veterans then attended an assembly at the Elementary School, “Honoring All Who Served”.

Pictured Left:  Girl Scouts lead in the saying of The Pledge of Allegiance.

Members of the Boy and Cub Scouts began ceremony with posting of the colors followed by The Pledge of Allegiance led by the Girl Scout Troops.  Veterans were then honored with the singing of “America” by the second grade class.

The assembly also featured Army Specialist 5, Al Wehrle who spoke about the history behind Veterans Day.

AWR3 Buck Bratcher of the United States Navy was also in attendance.  He is currently home on leave and will be returning to San Diego, Ca on Sunday.  Bratcher is currently serving with squadron HS-15 attached to the Aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson.  Bratcher graduated from New Haven in 2009.

Pictured right: WWII Veteran Murry Wright.

Bratcher spoke briefly to students about what he does on a daily basis and showed pictures of what he does on a daily basis.  Bratcher received quite a bit of attention from teachers and students, many students remembered him being their teacher cadet and teachers who had taught him in school.  They were all beaming; they viewed Bratcher as a hero to them.  The students viewed him as a icon, someone famous, and understood that he is one of many who are protecting their country and they know him.

Kasi Meyer said, “Afterwards, all that the older students were talking about was Buck and how he was a teacher cadet and teachers who had taught him in school.  They just thought it was the coolest, to know someone who is proudly serving our country.”

Kasi Meyer begins with opening remarks and thanks veterans for their service at Elementary assembly.