Students lined the hallways of Tecumseh Elementary School, as a procession of nearly a dozen veterans from every branch of the military paraded through the building. The retired servicemen and women came on behalf of the American Legion, and represented several posts across Long Island. The event served as an opportunity for the students to honor and thank the veterans for their service. Tecumseh Elementary School (TES) is an Eastern Suffolk BOCES school that provides support and services to elementary school-aged children with special needs.
After the parade, the veterans visited multiple classrooms to eat breakfast with the students and discuss what it was like serving in the military. Students asked the retired soldiers about their time in the armed forces. As the day came to a close, the students presented the veterans with handmade cards thanking them for their service.
“This is a great way to help make history real for our students,” said Danielle Dennis, a fifth grade teacher at TES. “It also helps the veterans feel a stronger connection with the younger generations. We’re really happy we could make this connection happen in a way that benefits our students and our veterans.”