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BRS Community Honors Veterans

BRS Community Honors Veterans

Excitement filled the air on November 11th as students and staff at Beecher Road School donned the red, white, and blue and gathered for the first school-wide assembly prior to the pandemic.  Honoring those who have served our country is a tradition at the school and this year’s celebration provided the perfect opportunity for the school community to gather together once again.  The program began with a group of students signing the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language followed by the recitation of the Pledge by the entire school community.

The Beecher Road School Chorus performed the National Anthem.  A group of sixth grade students presented a brief history of Veterans’ Day and another shared facts about the playing of Taps.  Matthew Goglia then played Taps as the audience solemnly stood to reflect on the sacrifices veterans have made for our country.  The keynote speaker for this year’s event was Mr. Alan Ponchick, grandfather of second grader Brandon Ponchick.  Mr. Ponchick shared the story of his father, Murray Ponchick who served in the United States Army during World War II.  Murray was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1947.  He passed away in March 1991 at the age of 76.  Alan proudly presented the flag that was given to his family at Murray’s funeral for use at Beecher Road School.  In closing, Alan Ponchick reminded students that Veterans’ Day is a special day saying, “It is our tradition in our wonderful country, The United States of America, to honor our veterans every year, many of whom paid the ultimate price, which means they gave their life to protect all of us, our country, and our hard-earned freedom!  We should all honor the brave men and women who continue to serve our country in every branch of the Armed Services.  We should thank them for their service every chance we get, and be thankful that we live in the greatest country in the world.”

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