Anthony Wayne had its annual Veterans Day Lunch-in on Monday November 11th, 2012. It was remarkably well put together and kicked off with a great start. While the guests were arriving many socialized with each other and discussed what each had done for our country; whether they had been in the Marines, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, or Air Force. With a few soft drinks, the party took off.
8th grade student Anthony Miragliotta made a brief introduction speech which soon led into the Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner. Veterans rose, along with their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. What a sight it was! Each Veteran had their hand over their hearts and oh-so-wistfully and patriotically looked as if they were searching their beloved song for its meaning. The song was played by none other than the AWMS School band themselves! These lucky few band members consisted of Ravi, Joe, Fernando, Sam, and Rohan.
After this touching performance, our very own, Mr. Michael Ben-David, took the microphone. He said some rather interesting things to his audience. He said that, not only he, but also Anthony Wayne and America as a country, thank these Veterans and anyone who risks their lives in the name of America. He said addressing the Veterans, “When kids get curious about your hand in America’s success, don’t tell them what you do, tell them why you did it.” Mr. Ben-David said that their “action” made America possible and his speech ended with the very memorable, “Democracy is not a spectator’s Fort. Do something, don’t watch it happen.”
Ms. Greer, who by the way had a great hand in helping put this event together, along with Mr. Grant, and the PTO, then said it was time to eat and led the Veterans and their kin to eat. A great success the event was; “…out of the better part of the last 20 years, this is the most unique Veterans day gathering I have witnessed.”