BHS Veteran's Day Assembly
"Honoring All Who Served" Held November 10th
Brockton High School welcomed Brockton veterans, community leaders, students, faculty and staff to celebrate Veteran's Day with the Class of 2009 on November 10th. The somber ceremony was a chance for students, staff and community members to thank the millions of men and women who have defended the United States as part of its armed forces.
"This assembly is our very special thank you from the hearts of our students and faculty," said Principal Dr. Susan Szachowicz. "Our troops have made our country strong and brought freedom to people around the world."
Dozens of veterans from all branches of service took part in the 60-minute ceremony, which was aptly themed "Honoring All Who Served." The Brockton High School Concert Band serenaded the veterans, playing the theme song for all branches of service, and provided a martial melody that helped pull all portions of the program together.
The highlight of the program was a 15-minute video presentation, "America's Homefront Supports Her Troops!" developed by Stephanie McRae's U.S. History classes. Students created and delivered a slide presentation of the many programs, services and organizations that support active and inactive military members and their families. The video ended with filmed tributes to veterans by various members of the BHS faculty and staff.
During the presentation, students paid tribute to two Brockton High School graduates who were killed in action in Iraq. Corporal Donald E. Fisher, Class of 2002, assigned to the 40th Transportation Company, 44th Corps Support Battalion, 593rd Corps Support Group, Fort Lewis, WA, was killed Nov. 11, 2005, when his convoy vehicle was involved in a collision in Kirkut, Iraq. Captain Anthony Palermo, Class of 1998, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany died April 6, 2007 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations.
A moment of silence and a special rendition of "Taps," played by BHS Music Director Vincent Macrina and Joseph Donohue, Class of 2009, followed the tributes.
Social Science Teacher Craig Savery, who served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Desert Storm, narrated the Gettysburg Address to the background of "To Heal A Nation" played by the BHS Band. The JROTC Color Guard posted the colors at the beginning of the ceremony and retired them at the end. Senior Class President Samantha Liberty led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and Dr. Szachowicz and Associate Principal Maria LeFort recognized the veterans in attendance. At the end of the ceremony, the veterans joined school faculty, staff and members of the JROTC at a reception in the Choral Room.
Vincent Macrina said the band's fantastic patriotic program is a pleasure to perform.
"This is one small way we can say thank you to these heroes," Macrina said. "It is an honor to be able to perform for them."
"Armed Forces Salute"
"Theme from Patton"
Slide Presentation of The Assembly
BROCKTON HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY VETERANS