East Hampton Students Salute Veterans

Students presented veterans with pins and ribbons in appreciation of their service. Carissa Katz

In what has become an annual tradition, students at the John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton paid tribute to past and present members of the military on Friday with a program of patriotic songs and special presentations. 

Working at home in the weeks leading up to the Veterans Day program, students completed special chores to raise money for two organizations that help veterans. On Friday, staff announced that the students had raised $800 -- $400 for Jordan's Initiative, founded by Christian Haerter, whose son, Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter was killed in Iraq, and $400 for Honor Flight Long Island, which transports veterans to Washington, D.C., free of charge. 

At the close of the all-school meeting, students shook hands with veterans and thanked them for their service to and sacrifices for our country. 

Virginia Bennett accepted a donation of $400 on behalf of Honor Flight Long IslandCarissa Katz
Representatives from all branches of the military, many of them related to students at John Marshall, were on hand on Friday.Carissa Katz and Durell Godfrey
Students shook hands with the veterans at the close of the program. Carissa Katz
The fifth-grade chorus offered an impressive rendition of "America the Beautiful." Carissa Katz
Gregory Butler, the school's music teacher, accompanied student soloists. Carissa Katz
For many young students, the chance to shake hand with so many uniformed men and women who served in the military made a lasting impressing. Carissa Katz and Durell Godfrey