Art DiBenedetto, Hopatcong Superintendent of Schools, Announces - On Monday, November 11th, select Hopatcong Middle School students honored area veterans by performing patriotic songs for an audience made up of veterans, school administrators, parents, teachers, and fellow students.
Under the direction of music teachers Mrs. Linda Blazier, Mr. Al Cerulo, and Mr. Luis Mendez, students pulled together to create a lovely program.
Mr. Cerulo began the program with a solemn rendition of Taps, then was joined by select members of the 6th and 7th grade band playing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Anchors Aweigh”. Mr. Cerulo and Mrs. Blazier’s 6th and 7th grade general music students performed “This Land is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful” on voice and ukulele. Meanwhile, Mr. Mendez and Mrs. Blazier’s 4th and 5th graders sang “America, I Hear You Singing” by Barberi Paull, “Thank a Vet” by Mike Wilson, and “On Veterans Day” by Karl Hitzemann. The students rehearsed in the weeks leading up to the event and did a spectacular job!
Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Morgan III from Picatinny Arsenal spoke to all grade levels about embracing some of the principles the military relies on each day, such as the Golden Rule. He explained that LEADERSHIP stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage, and that these are tenets that are important to not only service men and women, but to all people in their daily lives, and especially to our students!
The Hopatcong Middle School community is truly grateful to Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Morgan III and all of our veterans for the sacrifices they have made in the name of our country, and we feel privileged to have had the opportunity to gather to show our gratitude!
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