Windsor School District celebrates Veterans Day through education and festivities

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WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) – Some schools close on Veterans Day. Not the Windsor School District, though. They use the day to educate students about veterans.

“They helped us,” said 2nd grader Michael Luzzi, who was already learning the lesson. “They helped serve our country.”

All schools in Windsor celebrate Veterans Day in one way or another. Poquonock Elementary pulls out all the stops with a display of military vehicles and a Junior ROTC color guard. The students sing patriotic songs for a few dozen local veterans who come for the ceremony.

“Then the veterans all go into the classrooms and read a book to the students about honoring veterans on this day,” said Poquonock School principal Jay Mihalko.

Today, students don’t just honor veterans. They also remember active duty troops. Students will write letters to military personnel deployed overseas. This way, students can reflect and learn more about the sacrifice it takes to serve in uniform.

Paul Foley knows all of this. He went to Iraq and Afghanistan as a master sergeant in the air force. Now he’s the security guard at Poquonock School. It teaches students a simple lesson.

“Look at a veteran and just say thank you,” Foley said. “Take advantage of this moment to stop and not pass. Just look at them and say, “Thank you. Usually that’s just enough. All we need is a simple thank you.

Students like Michael Luzzi pay attention. When asked what he said to veterans, he didn’t even hesitate.

“Thank you,” he replied

Thank you to all veterans, every day.

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