VIDEO: Barnum Woods Fourth-Graders Honor Veterans

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The fourth-graders in Elena DiCocco’s class at Barnum Woods Elementary School invited veterans and active-duty service members and their families to a special Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9.

Barnum Woods Principal Gregory Bottari welcomed families, staff and East Meadow Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran himself, to the ceremony. 

“Today we celebrate America’s veterans for keeping this nation the land of the free and home of the brave,” said Bottari. “We appreciate the sacrifices they’ve given and the honor they’ve bestowed upon our country.” 

During the event, students shared what they had learned about the federal holiday, including its origins and the meaning behind the “taps” bugle call.  Students also enjoyed the priveledge of introducing each of the veterans. Additionally, fourth-graders Michael Bellocco and Nicholas Guarneri folded an American flag into a tri-cornered shape that symbolizes the hats worn by soldiers during the Revolutionary War. As they did so, fellow classmates discussed the seven pillars of character that soldiers embody. Following this presentation, the class came together to perform Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” and guests viewed a slideshow of the veterans being honored. 

Addressing DiCocco, her students and Mr. Bottari, Dr. Card said, “Thank you for your hard work in putting this ceremony together. It is truly an honor to be recognized by all of you.” 

To conclude the ceremony, students lit green lights as the veterans walked off the stage. The gesture was inspired by the “Greenlight a Vet” campaign, in which the green light symbolizes the support, appreciation and gratitude citizens have for the brave veterans of this country.