Marshwood Middle SchoolStudents Hold ‘In Honor of Our Veterans’

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Nov 9, 2016  

By Ralph Morang news@seacoastonline.com

ELIOT, Maine – There were hundreds of handshakes, thunderous applause and a few tears.

Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. As guests arrived, eighth-grader Joe Swindell offered Navy veteran Bob Hatch of Waterboro a program; as they talked each made a new friend.

The guests arrange themselves in the school’s hallways so students in grades 6-8 could shake their hands on the way to the gymnasium. Army Special Forces veteran Tony Cincotta, 83, of Berwick found a bench for three other veterans. “You’re older than I am, and I’m 83,” he told his friends. He introduced Gerard Vaillancourt, 93, of Berwick, who served in Gen. George Patton’s Army in World War II and spent time as a prisoner of war in Germany; Ken Goodwin, 90, another U.S. Army veteran from North Berwick, who served in the Philippines; and Ray Brunelle, 83, of Rollinsford, New Hampshire, who served in the Army in Korea and was a prisoner of the Chinese.

All the classes passed between two lines of veterans and first responders. At the head of the line was South Berwick Police Chief Dana LaJoie. At the end of the line, in the gym, was the Eliot Police Honor Guard.

In the line, U.S. Marine Reservist Eugene Cheney, 25, of South Berwick stood tall in his dress blues, with “retired” Marine Sean Moynahan, 27, of Rollinsford. Moynahan asked each student, “Know any good jokes?”

Coming though the line, eighth-grader Willa Stewart of Eliot said, “This very cool. It’s great to get inspired by the veterans, that they know they are honored, that their service is appreciated.”

Sixth-grader Graden Janes of Eliot said, “It’s really nice we can do this.”

Teacher Cathy Locke and music director Kris Bisson created the celebration of veterans after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The first year, there were 12 veterans among a total of 50 guests. Wednesday, Principal Tony Bourbon said there were about 220 veterans and 100 first responders and other guests.

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Vietnam veteran James Scanlon, of Kennebunk, stands at attention during the 16th annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Marshwood Middle School in Eliot on Wednesday. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Former prisoner of war Ray Brunelle of Rollinsford, stands with Veterans during the 16th annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Marshwood Middle School in Eliot on Wednesday. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Students at Marshwood Middle School hold the flags used by the Fence Force Flagline at Pease, during the opening ceremony of the 16th annual Veterans Assembly Wednesday in Eliot. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Vietnam veteran James Scanlon, of Kennebunk, stands at attention during the 16th annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Marshwood Middle School in Eliot on Wednesday. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Former prisoner of war Ray Brunelle of Rollinsford, stands with Veterans during the 16th annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Marshwood Middle School in Eliot on Wednesday. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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While eighth-graders lined the stage holding American flags, and the Hibernian Pipes and Drums of Manchester, New Hampshire, played, the veterans were escorted to seats by retired U.S. Army Col. Wilbur Spencer, a substitute teacher at the school. Fence Force Flagline, a group that creates flag lines at civic and veterans events, supplied 30 American flags to the school for the day.

After the posting of the colors by the Eliot Police Honor Guard and the Pledge of Allegiance, student Vivian Burnham brought down the house singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

SAD 35 Superintendent Mary Nash welcomed all with, “I think it can’t get better, then it does.” She thanked Locke, Bisson, Bourbon and Assistant Principal Emily Stauffer for organizing the event.

Honoring Veterans at Marshwood Middle School

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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Marshwood Middle School students presented the 16th annual “In Honor of Our Veterans” assembly Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Eliot. Veterans and first responders from the Seacoast were invited to attend. Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

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The chorus sang “Hymn to Freedom,” and then the students recognized the veterans by era, asking them to stand. That was followed by the grade 7-8 band playing the service songs. Most moving was the “Tribute to Fallen Soldiers of Maine,” a series of photographs of those lost in combat since Sept. 11, as Taps was played by Ned Whitesell and Caleb Young.

Each class presented a project. The sixth-grade had “The Summit Project, a Living Memorial.” Students carry stones carved with the initials of the fallen on treks. Classes carried the stones up Mount Major in Alton, New Hampshire, this fall. Sixth-grader Jonathan Sawyer of South Berwick read a letter to the parents of Daniel Cunningham of Lewiston, “We carried the stone to try to represent the burden of fighting and risking his life.”

Seventh-graders talked about Mission 22 to support veterans who feel suicidal. They said each day, 22 military veterans take their own lives.

Eighth-graders remembered those who became missing, “POW/MIA: You will not be Forgotten.” They held large cards with the names of the missing, then flipped them over to form the POW/MIA flag image.

“Wow, it’s going to take some time to take this all in,” Bourbon said during his closing comments. “There are some serious moments in life, thank you, thank you, for what you have done.”

Bourbon introduced Navy veteran Nick Tsakiris who flew from Florida to be with his grandchildren, Faith Tsakiris and Isabel Maynard, both from South Berwick.

The morning ended with the Little Hawk football captains donating $425 to the Pease Greeters.

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