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HONORARY VETERANS PROGRAMMING

The Hampton Bays Public Schools honors the commitment of those in our armed services that defend our nation.  Throughout the year, numerous programs and ceremonies take place that recognize both active service members and veterans and key moments in our history, such as September 11 and Pearl Harbor Day.  Our commitment to teaching students the values of democracy and civic engagement begin in pre-kindergarten and go through a student’s graduation.  Since 2011, the Hampton Bays Public Schools have gathered monthly to recognize a veteran as a symbol of our local heroes.  In partnership with the American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924, a flag is presented to a veteran in his or her honor and then flown at the Veterans Flag Pole at Hampton Bays Elementary School.  The flag flies for the entire month and then, at the following month’s ceremony, is presented to the veteran and a new veteran is honored, thus beginning the process all over again.  Please visit our school calendar for the dates of our ceremonies by clicking here.

Veterans' Flag Ceremony Bios - Click Here

To read about our honored veterans dating back to November 2011, please click here.
To honor a veteran, please submit an application by clicking here.


THE FLAG FLIES AT HALF-MAST

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF STATE TROOPER

On Saturday, March 27, 2021, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of New York State Trooper Joseph Gallagher, who died from injuries he suffered three years ago when he was struck by a vehicle while on duty assisting a disabled motorist. Flags will be at half-staff beginning on Sunday and through interment. 

"Trooper Gallagher is a hero to all New Yorkers — he dedicated his life to public service and worked to keep us safe," Governor Cuomo said. "His tragic passing is a reminder of the selfless actions so many brave first responders take each day. We will never forget him, and to honor his memory, I am directing flags be flown at half-staff to honor his memory."