Hamilton K-8 hosts Veterans Breakfast and Military Appreciation Day

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Students participate in the Hamilton K-8 Veterans Breakfast and Military Appreciation Day Friday, Nov. 8. Diane Sieker photo

Hamilton K-8 School students and staff hosted local members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces for a Veterans Day breakfast and celebration in their honor Friday, Nov. 8.

A wonderful pancake and sausage breakfast was served to the veterans and their families by school staff, PTSA members and energetic Girl Scouts. After the satisfying meal, the guests moved outside for the main event.

Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troops 319 presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by special performances and presentations.

Band teacher Lovina Leon directed the band in patriotic music, and several different classes sang songs for the veterans.

Christopher Freel Jr. said, “As a veteran I would like to thank you guys for all you do. I’ve been to a couple veterans breakfasts here and would like to say that you all are appreciated.”

The PTSA raffled off two custom sweatshirts, and the vets were treated to handpotted plants in patriotically decorated pots, presented by National Honor Society students.

Anza Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1873 Cmdr. and retired Marine Henry Sokol accepted a plaque for the VFW hall from the students as the school children cheered.

“I want to thank all the veterans that came to help us celebrate Military Appreciation Day,” Salazar said. “I want to thank Hamilton K-8 PTSA executive board and the Girl Scouts for coming in at 7 a.m. to set up and serve our veterans and families a pancake breakfast.”

The event was a joint effort between school staff and PTSA.

Chandra Noble Sjostrand said, “The Cub Scouts Pack 319 and Boy Scouts Troop 319 would like to thank Hamilton School along with Don Salazar, for once again giving us the opportunity to participate in celebrating our local veterans at the Hamilton Veteran’s breakfast and assembly. We’re always delighted to be invited to these events.”

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.