American Heroes Honored at Hampton Bays


More than 60 American servicemen and servicewomen, plus Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, enjoyed the annual “Veterans and Local Heroes Luncheon” at Hampton Bays Elementary School on Wednesday, November 10.

The annual luncheon event to honor the brave men and women who serve their country in the United States Military and their community as emergency personnel was organized by the fourth-grade class, their parents, and members of the Hampton Bays Parent Teacher Association. In celebration of the local veterans and heroes in attendance, members of the fourth-grade class drew large flags, which lined the walls of the cafetorium, and patriotic placemats for each table setting.

Before a hearty lunch was served (donated by parents of the fourth-graders), a soloist sang “God Bless America,” and the K-Kids class officers for the third and fourth grade recited poems and read their own compositions, as did representatives of each fourth-grade class.

The most emotional moment of the luncheon came when music teacher Steve Piliero led the students in rousing renditions of service fight songs for the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy and Marines.

“The children were very excited to know that you were coming today,” said fourth-grade teacher Amy McNamara, who played a large role in organizing the event. “They wanted to show their appreciation to you for your service to this country.”