POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The students of G. Harold Antrim Elementary held an assembly on the morning of Nov. 8 to honor local veterans, their bravery and their sacrifices for the people of the United States.
With assemblies, typically the students are the people in the room being addressed. However, on Wednesday morning, dozens of veterans of all branches sat at the front of the gymnasium, acting as the audience for—and recipients of—a tribute from Antrim School’s students.
The assembly began with a welcome from the school’s Principal Tara Weber and the Pledge of Allegiance led by students Emilio Santiago and Brody Sickel.
Following the pledge, singer Ron Brooks, whose adoptive father Richard Froumy served in the U.S. Army, sang the national anthem. Mr. Brooks is the first double amputee in the world to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.
Between performances by the school’s chorus and concert band, students Leilani McGowan, Alex Kuzloski and Cecelia O’Cone read the names of the honored guests in attendance—the veterans.
After the names were read, each grade level performed its own number to express the gratitude the students had for their veteran guests. Poems and songs were the main form of expression, from the kindergartners’ “We Love America” recital to the seventh-graders’ reading of “In Flanders Fields,” a World War I-era poem by John McCrae.
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