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BCHS holds first annual Veterans Day Recognition

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on November 9, 2018

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On Friday, November 9, 2018, Bethlehem Central High School held its first annual Veterans Day Recognition. The ceremony – which had local veterans, teachers, staff, and members of the BCHS Student Senate all in attendance – celebrated all of the sacrifices and dedication made by the country’s veterans.

 “Veterans, your selfless sacrifice has given us the opportunity to enjoy the many freedoms we have, and at times take for granted,” said High School Principal Dave Doemel in his opening remarks at the recognition.

“Today, we want you to know how much we appreciate those freedoms and acknowledge you as heroes,” he said.

The ceremony, which was held by the flag pole in the front of the high school, included multiple musical performances, a proclamation from the Governor presented by Board of Education member Jonathan Fishbein, and an emotional dedication to veterans by High School Social Studies Supervisor Nick Petraccione.

“These individuals come from all walks of life and branches of our military, but they share fundamental qualities of courage, pride, determination, along with dedication… to duty, to liberty, to freedom, to service,” said Petraccione.

 “They are ordinary people who respond in extraordinary ways in extreme times,” he continued.

Petraccione went on to speak about many of the individuals who have been answering the nation’s call of service and duty, as well as paid tribute to the veterans in attendance and their families, along with the lives of those lost.

“On behalf of everyone here, our school district and the community we offer you all a sincere thank you,” said Petraccione.

After the ceremony, the veterans were invited to join the students for breakfast in the Senior Lounge of the BCHS cafeteria. Veterans were able to mingle with students and staff, as well as take a tour of the school.

Thank you, veterans!