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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.

Veteran Flag Ceremony
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.

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.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, September 3, until interment in honor of former Cayuga County undersheriff Stephen McLoud, who died from an illness resulting from his work at the World Trade Center site following the September 11th terrorist attacks.  “Officer McLoud was a dedicated public servant and hero who ultimately sacrificed his life helping our city, state and nation recover at Ground Zero following the September 11th terrorist attacks,"Governor Cuomo said. "His selfless service embodies the heroism and bravery exhibited by all first responders who answered the call to serve following that fateful day, and I am directing flags to be flown at half-staff to honor his memory. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to Officer McLoud's friends and family. We will never forget his service and his sacrifice."

Please click here for a historical look at when the American flag was previously flown at half-mast