ROXBURY, NJ - In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Roxbury Schools gives thanks to our nation’s veterans and their families. Just a few ways the district supported them this November was with an annual Veteran’s Day program at Eisenhower Middle School and a staff donation collection at Jefferson Elementary School.
Denim abounded on Veteran’s Day at Jefferson School as a tradition continued where the staff donated $5 to wear jeans to school to honor the Veterans. Last year they donated over $150 to a local Marine being assisted by Social Services.
This year they put their $200 donation towards Pets for Vets, an organization that finds the perfect shelter animal (dogs, cats, and even rabbits) that best first the veteran’s needs. Pets for Vets was founded in 2009 and has made over 300 successful matches with shelter animals and PTSD veterans.
Eisenhower Middle School honored local veterans with an assembly and breakfast prior to the NJEA Break. A dozen or so veteran’s along with the seventh and eighth graders at EMS learned about Veteran’s Day and recognized and honored the sacrifice of our military.
Local Girl Scout Troop 95137 (Rachel Beck, Danielle Champagne, Julie Gonzalez, Isabella Negron, Ashleigh Ribe, and Annika Szardenings) and Troop 96195 (Angelina Rivera, Angelina Pilone, Leah Schlam, and McKenna Stierch) along with two from Boy Scout Troop 54 (Nicholas Blehl and Aizik Guevara) helped recognize our veterans by presenting the colors, leading the flag salute, and retiring the colors.
Eighth graders Angela Kovacs and Riley Shivas shared their vocal talents in singing the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America.
EMS Student Council President Kylie Haughey shared in her opening remarks, “Imagine yourself in the vast trenches of the battlefield. The stench of war fills your lungs. It’s so hard to breathe freely. You’ve been fighting for the freedom of your country, your family, for endless weeks. You miss everything. Your home, your pets, your friends, your family. But you keep fighting, knowing that generations after you will have a safe and happy life in the country we call home.
"This is what the many veterans of the United States went through on timeless occasions. They have made infinite sacrifices just so we can go to school. They’ve spent many long years of hard work, dedication, and bravery, and we often take that for granted.
“So today, thank a veteran for the many years spent for us and for our country. The many sacrifices that these veterans and their families have made. Their drive, bravery, and countless years of hard work and dedication. The least we can do is thank them. There is so little that we can do to fulfill our gratitude and pride. Veterans, thank you for your service.”
Student Council Vice-President Aditya Mahalingam also addressed his peers and veterans at the assembly stating, “We want to thank you for taking the time out of your day to celebrate with us to recognize and to honor those we have paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting this beautiful nation.
"We appreciate your service. Today was an opportunity to learn the hows, the whens, and the whys of this holiday. What we need to ask ourselves now is the question “How does Veteran’s Day personally affect me?” This assembly’s purpose is for all of us to depart today knowing that we have the freedoms and rights because of the military men and women who have fought for us to prosper and live a full life. We can rejoice knowing that we all have a guardian angel looking over and protecting us. Many are here with us today and many are still on foreign land giving us our freedom.
“Elie Wiesel once said, “Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.” So, I implore you to keep our military men and women, and the sacrifices they made, close to your heart and in your memory for the rest of your life. We wholeheartedly thank you all for joining in our tribute. To all the veterans here, we sincerely thank you for your service and your sacrifice. We share the pride you feel in being able to say that you have served the greatest nation in the world.”
To all our nation’s Veteran’s we thank you for your service and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.