SHS honors veterans with moving assembly

SHS honors veterans with moving assembly


By:  Mak Ojutiku
The Jersey Journal


Students at Secaucus High School stepped out of their classrooms Wednesday to honor and celebrate the veterans in their community.

The school hosted a Veterans Day ceremony in the Arthur F. Couch Performance Art Center, which was attended by local veterans from the town's VFW post, Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, Secaucus Town Council members, and U.S Sen. Robert Menendez.

During the ceremony, Secaucus students gave speeches explaining the history and significance of Veterans Day. One student spoke of how the holiday originates from Woodrow Wilson declaring Nov. 11 as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the Nov. 11, 1918, end of World War I. The school's band also performed for the veterans in attendance.

"Our freedoms are often taken for granted, but they are provided by the sacrifices by the men and women who wear the uniform," Menendez said in a speech at the event.

"We have 320 million Americans, and the reality is that only so few of us take care of the security of the many. And they provide that security and make sacrifices so that all of us can enjoy this great life."

Menendez also used the opportunity to discuss a fiscal funding bill the Senate passed Tuesday that will give an $80 billion budget for veterans' benefit programs and construction on military bases for 2016. The bill adds $1 billion to President Barack Obama's planned budget. The senator said those kinds of measures are what truly honors the nation's veterans.

"I believe that this great nation ultimately honors the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States by how we take care of them when they come back home," Menendez said.

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