Lyndonville students welcomed and honored area veterans today with an oral history project. Approximately 40 veterans from each branch of the military met with middle and high school students to discuss their lives before, during and after the military. Students listened intently as veterans shared memories and answered questions. The students will create a report for each interview and incorporate them into a book to share with the district.
New York State Assemblyman Steve Hawley was the keynote speaker. Assemblyman Hawley served seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard and the US Army Reserves. He served nine years as a member of the Assembly Veterans’ Affairs Committee and sponsored legislation to aid veterans and current service personnel. During his keynote speech, Assemblyman Hawley reflected on his father’s military service in World War II and discussed his annual Patriot Trip to Washington D.C.
Assemblyman Hawley presented Lyndonville Central School with a NYS Assembly Citation in recognition of the district’s First Annual Veterans Day Program. The district also received recognition from NYS Senator Robert Ortt for celebrating Veterans Day and honoring those who have served the country.
“The project was a meaningful way for students to understand the dedication of our military personnel and the sacrifices they have made for our freedom,” said Superintendent Jason Smith. The district would like to thank all the veterans who participated in this year’s Veterans Day Project and looks forward to hosting the event again next year.