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Bloomingdale Elementary School Children Honor Veterans in this annual Veteran’s Day ceremony.
The Treaty of Versailles signed on June 28, 1919, ends World War One. Fighting, however, had stopped seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month and For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Veteran’s Day this year is on a Sunday, and so Schools are given Monday off, many Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, including Saranac Lake’s will also be held on Monday but in Bloomingdale, a special Veteran’s remembrance ceremony on Friday Afternoon brings all of the elementary students to the Bloomingdale Gym to honor and remember veterans in our region.
Maryalice Smith was given the pleasure of Introducing the Veterans in attendance and she also calls for fathers and mothers in the audience who are also veterans. Each stands to be recognized by Mrs Smith. The ceremony continues with everyone facing the flag and singing the national anthem. Following the National Anthem, Bloomingdale Principle Theresa Lindsay speaks to the students, “Each of the children in the 3rd 4th and 5th grade have done a research project on a veteran and will present their names shortly,” She said, “But there is a book in our library which we bring out during veterans day which highlights the meaning of the day.”
Each Student has a veteran and one by one, they process to the front of the gym to honor and to read the veteran’s name out loud. The Reading ceremony is a big tradition at the Bloomingdale School. This year, 9 Kindergarteners also brought a poster, part of an optional project for the younger students. They helped to make this year’s readings one of the largest since the program began. The Reading is a somber time, and silence is observed while the students read the names of their veterans. The students read each name at the microphone and then bring the posters they’ve created for the occasion to the lobby where they area all stapled to the bulliten board for display at the very least, through Parent Teacher Conferences next week.
The final portion of the program is outside, on the school grounds where Scouts raise the American Flag at the flag pole, students place a memorial wreath on the veteran’s rock and in addition to the Pledge of Allegiance, and just prior to the buss’ arrival, the ceremony ends with all 238 kids in song.