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.