Veteran's Day Celebration | Events
On November 5, 2010, Marshwood Middle School will commemorate its’
tenth annual Veteran’s Day Celebration. The school wide assembly, which starts
at 9:00 a.m., features various tributes from our students and faculty to our local
veterans. Last year over 200 veterans attended the celebration. Several veterans
are from local American Legion and VFW posts. Many veterans invited are
relatives and friends of Marshwood students who have served our country past
Local dignitaries including town officials and selectmen, local politicians,
state representatives, school board members, and members of the South
Berwick, Eliot, Kittery and Berwick police, fire and emergency departments also
attend the celebration to honor our veterans.
All guests form a reception line at 8:30 a.m. down the corridor to the
entrance of the gymnasium. As students are called down to the celebration, they
enter the reception line and greet our guests with handshakes and small talk. The
reception line emphasizes a personal touch for every student to actually meet our
guests and sets a respectful tone for our celebration.
As everyone gathers in the gymnasium, patriotic music is played on the
sound system. Once everyone has been seated, our veteran guests enter the
gymnasium. For the next hour, various tributes are presented to our guests in
form of song, poems, readings, and power point presentations.
Our school is made up of six communities (two per grade level). Each
community presents a tribute at the assembly. Teachers on these communities
work with students in their communities and this celebration could never occur
without their collaboration. After the celebration, there is a reception in the
library for our guests and faculty.
It is extremely important for our students to understand sacrifices our
Veterans have made and continue to make for us. We all take our freedoms for
granted...this celebration encourages us to stop and realize again that “Freedom
is never free.”