Celebrating veterans in song and verse

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Suzy May, left, and Elena Hernandez, both fifth-graders, recite a poem about Veterans Day and the Fourth of July. Both attend the Joyanne D. Miller School. Suzy May, left, and Elena Hernandez, both fifth-graders, recite a poem about Veterans Day and the Fourth of July. Both attend the Joyanne D. Miller School.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP- Egg Harbor Township middle schoolers celebrated Veterans Day at the Alder Avenue Middle School on Tuesday morning, Nov. 13, with an assembly featuring patriotic poems and music recited by fifth-graders from the Joyanne D. Miller School. Students also had the opportunity to speak with veterans and individuals currently serving in different branches of the U.S. military. The day’s activities were funded by the Egg Harbor Township Education Foundation. (Photos by Stefanie Campolo)

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  Veterans, individuals currently serving in the military, and middle school students listen as fifth-graders recite poetry related to Veterans Day. Veterans, individuals currently serving in the military, and middle school students listen as fifth-graders recite poetry related to Veterans Day.

Fifth-graders from the Joyanne D. Miller School recite, Fifth-graders from the Joyanne D. Miller School recite,

Current and former military personnel participated in the program. From left are Petty Officer 2nd Class Jose Gutierrez and Aviation Maintenance Tech 2nd Class Kristen Bucci, both Egg Harbor Township residents from the U.S. Coast Guard; Tech Sgt. Matt Hecht, a Galloway resident from the U.S. Air Force; and Dick Squires, U.S. Navy veteran and former Atlantic County executive. Here they are clapping for the fifth-graders from the Joyanne D. Miller School who recited poems for Veterans Day. Current and former military personnel participated in the program. From left are Petty Officer 2nd Class Jose Gutierrez and Aviation Maintenance Tech 2nd Class Kristen Bucci, both Egg Harbor Township residents from the U.S. Coast Guard; Tech Sgt. Matt Hecht, a Galloway resident from the U.S. Air Force; and Dick Squires, U.S. Navy veteran and former Atlantic County executive. Here they are clapping for the fifth-graders from the Joyanne D. Miller School who recited poems for Veterans Day.

Kellie Chambers, who is Alder Avenue Middle School's secretary to the vice principal, performs Kellie Chambers, who is Alder Avenue Middle School's secretary to the vice principal, performs

Fifth-grader Luis Matamoros tries on a helmet that belongs to Tech Sgt. Matt Hecht, a Galloway resident from the U.S. Air Force. Atop the helmet is a GoPro video camera that Hecht uses to document different aspects of the Air Force.  Fifth-grader Luis Matamoros tries on a helmet that belongs to Tech Sgt. Matt Hecht, a Galloway resident from the U.S. Air Force. Atop the helmet is a GoPro video camera that Hecht uses to document different aspects of the Air Force.

Students gather in the library at Alder Avenue Middle School to ask veterans questions about serving, while also getting the opportunity to look at photographs, equipment, and uniforms. Students gather in the library at Alder Avenue Middle School to ask veterans questions about serving, while also getting the opportunity to look at photographs, equipment, and uniforms.

Middle school students ask questions and chat with Nick Poletis, a patrolman for the Egg Harbor Township Police Department and a veteran who served as corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. Middle school students ask questions and chat with Nick Poletis, a patrolman for the Egg Harbor Township Police Department and a veteran who served as corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Dick Squires, U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1955, speaks with middle schoolers about his experiences in the Navy. Squires is also the former Atlantic County executive. Dick Squires, U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1955, speaks with middle schoolers about his experiences in the Navy. Squires is also the former Atlantic County executive.


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