Honoring And Learning From Veterans At Northport High School
In honor of Veterans Day, Northport High School students had the privilege of hearing from local veterans on Nov. 13. During specific periods throughout the day, groups of social studies classes heard from a panel of brave men who have served our country. This event was organized by social studies teacher and American veteran Darryl St. George, who also co-advises the high school’s Project VETS, along with Mr. Jim DeRosa.
Before each panel commenced, a moment of silence was held for those who have lost their lives serving our nation.
During the panel, students heard each veteran answer the question, “As veterans, what do you think is the most important message you can convey to our nation’s youth?” Many stressed not taking America’s freedom for granted. Additionally, students had the opportunity to ask the veterans specific questions.
“We organize this event not only to enable our students to encounter these incredibly courageous people first hand and not just read about them in textbooks,” said Mr. St. George, “but also to let our country’s veterans know we are so thankful for their sacrifices, and they will never be forgotten.”
Project VETS president Nicole Forte and Vice President Timothy Huser showed their appreciation for our nation’s veterans on Nov. 13.
Additionally, students from various family and consumer science classes made special dishes to treat the veterans to lunch between panels. The spread included homemade quiches, soups, and more. Students from Project VETS were also present, and both groups of students had the opportunity to talk with the veterans over the meal.
“I have family members who are veterans, and I’ve seen firsthand how they don’t get the respect they deserve,” said Project VETS President Nicole Forte. “Our mission is not only to support our nation’s veterans, but to let them know how much we appreciate them.”