CRANFORD, NJ – The students, faculty and staff of Saint Michael School commemorated Veterans Day with an assembly to honor the United States military. 

The audience gathered in the school auditorium as principal Sandy Miragliotta expressed the importance of Veterans Day and the reason it is celebrated on Nov. 11. After the flag salute and the singing of our national anthem, students from the third grade performed a play depicting the veterans of wars. The military men and women they portrayed included figures from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and some of our more recent conflicts. 

Members of the Saint Michael School student government then read a letter they received from President Obama in which he said, “We look to vets as examples of honor and patriotism and we draw inspiration from their heroism and dedication.” The assembly was concluded with a reading of the poem “In Flanders Field” written in 1915 by Major John McCrae, which represents a striking image of the bright red poppies blooming among the rows of white crosses.

The families of Saint Michael School often contribute to fundraisers to help assist those serving in our military. In the past, they sponsored “Operation Shoebox” and “Pennies for Troops."  In April of 2015 the Home School Association will sponsor a 5K, “Warriors for Warriors," to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.