James W. Parker Middle School hosted its annual Veteran’s Day Celebration on Friday, November 8.

This annual salute to veterans event brought together close to 100 veterans. All veterans were invited to breakfast and a celebration that included the Posting of Colors, vocal performances and a series of student speakers.

Edinboro University student and retired Army veteran Aaron Douglas served as this year’s keynote speaker. Douglas is a former staff Sargent who served in the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars.

Student vocalists included Cassidy Swain, McKayla Hargest, Lydia Zehr and Peter Alberti. Justin Burgos recited an essay, and Alanna Puller, Lydia Zehr and Owen McMullen read essays. Ryan Dedrick and Dylan Bolder performed the folding of the flag and the Erie/Crawford Veterans Burial Detail performed the Posting of the Colors. James W. Parker Middle School nurse and veteran Nathan Everhart opened and closed the event.

The event has taken placed since 2006 and corresponds to the 8th grades’ social studies curriculum on American History. As part of this curriculum, 8th graders also take a three-day trip to Washington D.C. every spring.

“Throughout American History, our success as a nation has been dependent upon the sacrificial service of generations of men and women in our military. We want students to understand and honor the sacrifices made for us and for our country,” said James W. Parker Middle School principal Jason Buto. “This event gives us an opportunity to interact with and honor the great men and women of our community who have served in our military.”

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