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Kurn Hattin Homes Children Honor Veterans

Under the direction of their social studies teacher Richard Long, the children of Kurn Hattin Homes recently honored Veteran's Day with an annual, special program.

Some of the activities on this unique occasion included the Kurn Hattin Cub Scouts #401 leading the audience in the Pledge Of Allegiance, before student council President Dylan Bussino read a letter from President Obama.

Before the event, the local Brownies visited the local Westminster cemetery and collected all the old flags from the gravesites, then presented the flags for an official retirement ceremony at the program.

In a special addition this year, each Veteran was also presented a star with their name on it, in honor of their faithful service to their country.

The Lighting Of Candles was another special presentation, which remembers the fallen Vermont soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bellows Falls VFW Veteran Doug MacPhee lit 33 candles during the reading of each soldier's name, before a moment of silence.

A rendition of Taps was then played before five students read their VFW essays with the theme, When Is The Right Time To Honor Our Military Heroes?

The event closed out with the Kurn Hattin Select Band (with directors Lisa Bianconi and Matt Hunter) and other music program volunteers (Chris Goding, Janet Lewis and Father Lance Harlow) performing the Green Mountain Song and God Bless America, led by student Aaliyah Olma-Gilmore.

After the Retirement of Colors, all guests were treated to a luncheon at Watson Hall to finish a wonderful event and ongoing tradition.

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