CLARK, NJ - On Friday, May 26, both Valley Road School and Frank K Hehnly School in Clark, celebrated Memorial Day with their annual assembly programs. Local veterans visited the schools and shared stories about their service.

Mrs. Mary Arrowood, first grade teacher at Hehnly, spoke to the students in both elementary schools about the importance of taking some time this weekend to remember the people who have served our country so that we can enjoy our lives.

Then, Mr. William Duffy shared a power point presentation about the 21 fallen heroes who were Clark residents.

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Student council members lead the schools in the flag salute and read Memorial Day poems. Additional veterans in attendance included, Mr. Robert Kastner, Mr. Frank Tarentino and Mr. Jeff Bartkus.

Superintendent, Mr. Edward Grande and two Board of Education members, Mr. Steve Donkersloot and Mr. Henry Varriano, also came to the schools to honor the veterans.

At the conclusion of the assembly programs, each student received a poppy, donated by local veterans.  These flowers are important symbols of remembrance for military members. As the students exited the assembly programs they thanked the veterans for their service