Veterans Celebrated in Hampton Bays


Elementary School fourth-graders celebrated local heroes during a ceremony in recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 10.

Held as part of the district’s ongoing efforts to bring history to life, the ceremony allowed students to meet and honor veterans who fought for the country’s freedoms.

For the past four years, the district has paid tribute to a local veteran every month by flying a flag in his or her honor. Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen said this month, in addition to recognizing all veterans for Veterans Day, the district wanted to take time to thank Vietnam veterans.

“We are here to honor the quiet sacrifices made by these men and women who work to defend our freedoms,” said Mr. Clemensen.

Also speaking during the ceremony were Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and American Legion Post 924 Sergeant-at-Arms Ira Freiband. The latter presenter spoke of the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans before presenting the district with a Vietnam battle flag in recognition of its commitment to honoring area veterans.

Students took the podium as well to extend their gratitude to the veterans by reading poems about the nationally recognized day and singing the songs of the armed forces’ five branches.  

Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a brunch prepared by parent volunteers. Veterans dined at tables decorated in red, white and blue, complete with thank-you placemats drawn by the students.