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Veterans showered in flowers at King Street Elementary School
November 17, 2022 at 7:07 a.m.
Woodland Avenue resident Christian Gimenez hugs his daughter Savannah, a fourth-grader at King Street Elementary School, as other veterans clap and Principal Sam Ortiz smiles. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran nearly tears up in the moment as he’s honored during the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 10.
Students and teachers sit in the bleachers in the gym of King Street Elementary School, decorative Veterans Day-themed paper crowns adorning some of their heads while others wave American flags.
Around a dozen local veterans were invited to King Street Elementary School. They sit in chairs at the front of the building’s gymnasium—the seats of honor for the pending ceremony in recognition of their service.
Jackie Rose Wilson traveled from her home in Cloverdale, Calif., to see her granddaughter Molly Deehan, a kindergartener at King Street Elementary School. The U.S. Army veteran was honored in the school’s ceremony and was the only female honoree.
Members of several local Girl Scout troops sing “God Bless America” in observance of Veterans Day at King Street Elementary School. Some of the girls stepped up and became one of the veteran’s escorts, as he no longer had family attending the school.
West Harrison resident Tom Dushas watches with pride as his grand-nephew Luke Petriello, a third-grader, thanks other veterans for their service after handing his uncle a rose. Dushas served in the U.S. Army.