Guilford—Students and staff will once again honor area veterans with a celebration at Piscataquis Community Secondary School on Thursday, November 9, 2017 starting at 8:45 am. Principal John Keane noted that the time change this year “offers us a special opportunity to invite veterans and their guests for breakfast starting at 8:00 am in the cafeteria.”
The ceremony following breakfast will include music and tributes by various classes and school groups ranging from third graders to the PCHS Band, the National Honor Society, and Chorus. Students from the TCTC Criminal Justice Program will open and close the program by formally posting and retiring the colors. The celebration includes the traditional patriotic music, student presentations, and selected readings that will feature students and staff from grades three through twelve. The Armed Forces Medley Salute performed by the PCSS Band typically brings the entire audience to its feet as the school and community honors veterans and those who serve in each branch of the service.
“The musical salute to various branches of the service is a perennial favorite,” Keane noted, “and we’re excited to offer a blend of tradition along with some new events including a presentation regarding freedom and civil rights by our Civil Rights Team and an ‘ask a veteran’ segment.”
The tribute will be held in the Piscataquis Community Secondary School Gymnasium on Campus Drive in Guilford in order to accommodate the anticipated crowd. A local resident who has attended for several years commented, “This is one school program you don’t want to miss. There is some obvious sadness over the sacrifices that have been and are being made by our military. But that sadness is balanced with a deep sense of pride and appreciation. Experiencing that with children of all ages, Veterans, friends and neighbors means moist eyes and going home with a deep sense of community unity.”