July 24, 2016

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Annual Brunswick celebration honors vets with dinner, program

BRUNSWICK — Students celebrated the spirit of Thanksgiving and Veterans Day on Tuesday with a concert and lunch at Towslee Elementary School.

Bob Lewis, a U.S. Navy veteran, is served Thanksgiving lunch by fifth grader Kayla Stacho on Tuesday. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

The annual event,“Proud to Be an American,” was presented at the Brunswick Performing Arts Center. Afterward, students and veterans were welcomed to a Thanksgiving dinner in the Towslee cafeteria.

Students performed patriotic songs and dance. Near the end of the program, students awarded blue and white medals of appreciation to all of the veterans in attendance. During the medal pinning, students performed “We Are Proud of Our Veterans.”

The students also hosted a display of military service flags for each of the five armed services as their respective anthems played. Following that presentation, the students asked for a moment of silence.
Students asked everyone in attendance to join in during the singing of “God Bless America.”

During the finale, red, white and blue Styrofoam planes fell from the ceiling during “God Bless the U.S.A.”

After the ceremony, students at Towslee served a thanksgiving dinner to veterans at the school. Chuck Nicoletti, a Marine veteran, said the program gets better every year.

“I have so much hope and faith in our youth,” Nicoletti said. “When you see them put on programs like this, we’re going to be OK.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.