High School East honored Veterans and Active Duty Service Members — with a special recognition ceremony. Students, teachers, administrators and civic leaders all gathered in the auditorium for this annual event. Click for more info and photos…

Written by on November 10, 2022

On the morning of Thursday, November 10, the High School East auditorium was buzzing with veterans and active duty service members, students, teachers and administrators as well as civic leaders in the community. The ceremony began with the local VFW presenting the National Colors followed by music from Mostly A Capella, the High School East Wind Ensemble and the High School East Chamber Orchestra. Junior Maria Barabash spoke on the history of the White Table, believed to have originated by soldiers during the Vietnam War, and what each item on the table represents as it relates to POW/MIA service members. Keynoting the event was Chief Master Sergeant Denny Richardson. Chief Master Sergeant is the Command Chief of the New York National Guard. He spoke to students on the importance of service, finding his calling with the National Guard and highlighting the millions of hours of work that was done as of recent throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New for this year, throughout Block 2 and Block 3 classes today, roughly 25 veterans will be speaking to students in a panel format on a wide variety of topics as they relate to their coursework and how those skills translated through their careers in the military and beyond. 

The Shenendehowa community is eternally grateful and indebted to the service of our active duty and veteran service members. Today and every day, the district thanks them for their service.

Click to view the full photo album from today’s ceremony.

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