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Remembering our Veterans

A notable ceremony is held at McLean on Nov. 10 to thank our soldiers

Anna Brykczynski, Reporter

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Students stand in acknowledgment of those fallen during the national anthem.

William Argabrite graces the audience with his elegant recital of “In Flanders Fields”.

A day before Veterans Day, over 50 students filed into the lower gym bleachers to honor the men and women of the United States military. Any students who were interested in commemorating America’s armed forces were welcome to attend, and had been given notice of the ceremony over the PA seconds before the third period bell bell.

Following an introduction from principal Ellen Reilly, students were enthralled by speeches by P.E. teacher Donald Vivacqua and student Caroline Brunner, who each submitted a fresh perspective towards the dedicated protection that soldiers grant  American citizens.

Vivacqua, currently one of McLean’s gym teachers, previously served as an infantryman in the army. He highlighted the importance of our armed forces, and expressed his immense pride towards United States troops.

Next to take the podium was senior Caroline Brunner, who’s father spent 20 years employed by the navy. She underlined the sacrifice that soldiers undergo while being isolated from their friends and family during a story about the risks her father experienced when deployed overseas. In contrast, she also addressed how important comradery and companionship is between soldiers. For the event, she donned a necklace confining a pair of gold flight wings that her father had given her upon his retirement.

The gathering also had musical performances by the Madrigals, a student run accapella group of 6, and trumpeter William Argabrite.  Overall, the event was aimed to leave students with a feeling of nationalism and appreciation for America’s servicemen.

“It felt less formal,” junior Mason Duncan said. “It was really well put together.”

The ceremony’s success is all due to the work of Mrs. Fisher, Principal Reilly, and their colleagues.

Organizors and presenters confer before the ceremony.
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