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Global Concepts K-8 Veterans Day Celebration 2018

by SMcCandless
Fri, Nov 9th 2018 01:00 pm
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On a snowy Lackawanna morning in November, the students of Global Concepts Charter School (K-8) put on a magical Veterans Day ceremony honoring local servicemembers connected to the students and the staff at the school.  Principal Jack Turner spoke of the Star-Spangled Banner and how the words were written by Francis Scott Key over two hundred years ago still hold true.  “Today we celebrate America’s veterans for keeping this Nation the Land of the Free, Because of the brave”, said Mr. Turner. 


The Global Concepts orchestra delivered a stunning rendition of America the Beautiful and the Star-Spangled Banner.    Special guest Erie County Legislator Lynn Dixon was on hand to witness the color guard of Maritime Charter High School present the 107th Airmen Attack Wing, CMSgt Ray Fitzpatrick, SMSgt Kevin Huff, and SSgt Kyle Au.  The 107th led the honored guests into the gym. 


The festivities included essays read by Hana Ahmed, Idiatou Balde, Maluk Althobabi, and Mohammed Al Humaikant on what Veterans mean to them.  Every essay was inspirational and full of the emotions that put a tiny tear in one’s eye.  The emotional outpouring continued as Global Concepts student and staff recognized their family member’s service.  Lazaros Mejjia-Barajaz (US Army) David Young (US Air Force) Charles Burns (US Army), Robert Spink (US Army), SSgt Kevin Huff (Active US Army), Roy Fisher (USMC) and posthumous honoree Joseph Walter Fox. 


Gold Star Mother, Mrs. Narleen Janiszeski lost her son SSgt Philip Witkowski in 2004, Afghanistan.  The ultimate sacrifice is always painful.  Faculty member Nancy Hajduk presented Mrs. Janiszeski with a beautiful bouquet of flowers as her son’s accomplishments were read and projected on the gym wall.        


The ceremony ended as it began with a parade out of the gym, this time as the bugle from Maritime Charter played TAPS.  TAPS, as Principal Turner explained is the “lights out” signal in the service branches but is also played to honor the brave men and women who have not returned home.  With that, the students of GCCS returned to class with an even greater appreciation for our nation