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11/12/2018 11:00 PM

Branford High School Gives Veterans a Warm Welcome

Branford High School's student body assembled Nov. 12 to welcome and honor local military and veterans.Photo Courtesy Erik Johnson

On Monday, November 12, Veterans Day was honored with a warm welcome by the entire student body of Branford High School (BHS) during the 2018 BHS Anthony "Bob" Bescher Veterans Appreciation Day program.

Now in its 21st year, the program invited a large group of local war veterans and present-day military members from the Korean War, Vietnam War and Cold War eras, as well as those from actions in the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. A morning school assembly to greet the honored guests was followed by break-out sessions in small group presentations based on each action where students heard from military about their experiences.

In the sessions, the veterans share first-hand, "...experiences, memories and knowledge of American History," according to event coordinator, Horizons educator and Student Council advisor Salvatore Zarra.

In October, teacher of BHS Horizons program were recognized by the Connecticut Department of Education (DOE) and the CT Department of Veterans Affairs for the staff and students' continuing efforts to bring living history into the classroom by hosting annual Veterans Day activities. BHS Horizons was honored with a certificate presented at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Rocky Hill during an event hosted by the commissioner of the state DOE as well as the commissioner of Veterans Affairs for the state of Connecticut.

As part of the day on Nov. 12, BHS Music Makers and the BHS Band performed at the assembly and staff and students also hosted and shared lunch and discussion with their military guests.

A large group of service members of the Armed Forces (seated, right) participated on Nov. 12 at BHS.Photo by Erik Johnson