continued Provoncha told students how he joined the Air Force. He graduated from Ti High on a Saturday. The next morning his father asked about his future plans when Provoncha came to breakfast. Saying he had given the Air Force a passing thought, Provoncha’s father immediately picked up the phone and called an Air Force recruiter.
“Sunday night I had dinner in Texas,” Provoncha said, recalling his arrival at basic training.
Paquette worked as an accountant for the Army in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. She urged the girls at the program to consider the military, noting it offers many opportunities.
Provoncha agreed, pointing out there are hundreds of roles for people.
“We’ve had a lot of jobs,” Provoncha said. “The military needs cooks, dishwashers, infantry, pilots, you name it. We’re all veterans, we all served.”
Keith Barber, a retired Ti Elementary teacher and member of the Sons of the American Legion, organized the Veterans Day program. He also conducts student programs to mark the Pearl Harbor anniversary Dec. 7 and the battle of Midway in June. He also organizes a student trip to the Ticonderoga Veterans of Foreign Wars Post each spring, where students meet veterans and learn about military service.
“It’s important our students meet these people and learn about them,” Barber said.
The Veterans Day program ended with a birthday party for Smith. Students sang “Happy Birthday” and presented him with cards. They then shared cake with the veterans.