On November 1, 2019, Marshwood Middle School hosted its 19th annual Veterans Day Celebration. The school-wide assembly featured various student tributes to approximately 400 local veterans and first responders.
Before the assembly, guests form a reception line as every student passes through the line shaking hands and welcoming our guests. A bagpipe processional, played by firefighter Dave McLean, led our veterans into the gym to a standing ovation.
The Eliot Police Department Honor Guard posted the Colors and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance. Superintendent John Caverly addressed the audience reflecting upon the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country. For the next hour, several tributes are presented from the student assembly to our veterans in musical selections by our chorus entitled “I Am But A Small Voice”, Canon in D performed by student Silja Pope, and “Armed Forces on Parade” from Grade Seven and Eight band members. Andrew Ryan and Brynn Butler performed an emotional rendition of TAPS while a slideshow Tribute of Fallen Soldiers of Maine was projected. Tributes from each grade level honored our Veterans with powerful and poignant presentations highlighting: ”First Amendment Freedoms”, “Mission 22” and “Wreaths Across America”. Principal Tony Bourbon concluded with recognizing the importance of the flag in our society and inviting Marine Joe Wessling, a graduate of Marshwood High School on stage. PFC Wessling thanked the veterans who came before him.
At the conclusion of the assembly, veterans, first responders and other guests attended an amazing luncheon served by our students in the cafeteria (complete with the authentic SOS!) Following the luncheon, approximately 30 veterans stayed and shared their stories with our eighth-graders in the classrooms.