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Community > Celebrations & Anniversaries

Sullivan BOCES Honors Veterans

Nov 18, 2019

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Students and staff worked hard to create a special welcome for their honored guests.
LIBERTY - On November 7, Sullivan BOCES honored veterans from across Sullivan County with a free breakfast at the Rubin Pollack Education Center in Liberty.
This special day welcomed veterans of all ages to show appreciation for their service to our nation. Students and staff worked hard to create a special welcome for their honored guests. Veterans were greeted with fire engines from the Liberty and Youngsville fire companies, and students ready to escort them through patriotic hallways.
Robert M. Dufour, Ed.
D, district superintendent of Sullivan BOCES and Linda Blanton, executive principal of the alternative/special education division, gave the welcome address. “We must never forget what you have done for us, whether it was overseas or stateside, you kept us safe. We would not be here if it weren't for you, and we thank you every day for what you have done for our nation,” said Dufour.
Dylan Campbell, career & technical education (CTE) public safety student from the Eldred CSD, followed with a heartfelt welcome. He expressed how students and staff were honored and privileged to serve breakfast as a small token of gratitude for all the veterans who sacrificed for Americans and our country.
According to Mike Knack, a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Army and Navy, “Today's event makes us feel good. Today shows us that the students appreciate our service.”
During their visit to BOCES, students talked with the veterans to learn more about them and find out what branch of the service and where they served. After breakfast, which the CTE culinary art students prepared and served, representatives from the middle and high school showered the veterans with student-made patriotic gifts.
Although students and staff at BOCES feel all veterans are heroes, Gene Weinstein, US Navy, WWII, and Korean War veteran stated, “The real heroes are the people who sacrificed their lives for our nation.”





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