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Woodland Students Honor Deceased Veterans during Memorial Day Program

Students at Woodland Elementary School honored those who have served our country during their annual Memorial Day program on May 27. Local veterans were invited to be special guests during one of two programs that morning to hear the school chorus singing patriotic songs and listen to special poems written by the students in honor of Memorial Day. Pictured is the Woodland Chorus singing The Star Spangled Banner.





Students at Woodland Elementary School paid tribute to the brave men and women who have served or are serving our country during their annual Memorial Day program on May 27.

Local veterans were invited to be special guests of honor for the Memorial Day program where the students showed their thanks with music, poems, and their respectful behavior during two morning assemblies.

The program opened with a welcome by Woodland Principal Craig Consigli. Consigli thanked members of the Administration, School Committee, Memorial Day Program organizer and fourth-grade teacher Shannon Roach, and the School Council before recognizing the local veterans in attendance.

After several students processed into the gymnasium bearing flags, the Student Council Memorial Day Committee led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Students in the third and fourth grades at Woodland took part in the program by reading poems they had written about the meaning of Memorial Day and of the brave men and women who have fought for our country.

"Every day I pray for the soldiers," said Woodland third-grader Lindsay Casman. "Day after day they fight for us."

In between the readings, the Woodland Chorus sang several songs including "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Let Freedom Ring."

Guest speaker Senior Master Sergeant Michael P. Perna Jr., USAF (Retired), talked to the students about the history of Memorial Day, and about the men and women for whom answered our countries call to serve. "They serve to protect our freedom, that which we sometimes take for granted," said Perna.

In World War I, said Perna, 20 people from Milford lost their lives while serving their country. In World War II, 50 Milfordians; and in the Korean War and Vietnam War, three.

"It is most fitting that on Memorial Day we honor the memories of those who have fallen, as well as those that are serving to protect our country today," he said.

The program ended with Milford High School students playing Taps on the trumpet in tribute to those who have died while serving the United States of America.




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