NEW BRITAIN – Students at Lincoln Elementary School were given a chance to thank and appreciate veterans Thursday morning during a Veterans Day ceremony.
“We are here today because of your bravery, your courage and your sacrifices, and words cannot come close to expressing our gratitude to all of you,” Lincoln Principal Lisa Torres said to veterans.
During the ceremony, the armed service songs from various branches of the military were played. Students recited an acronym that spelled out “Thank You Veterans” when completed.
More than a dozen veterans were present for the ceremony, including Air Force veteran Bob Clinch, who asked to speak to students. Clinch, a Lincoln Elementary School alumnus, said he signed up for the Air Force on June 26 of 1950, just a day after the Korean War began.
“I guess my country needed me,” Clinch said to the students. “I never regretted a day of it.”
Tomorrow, city officials will continue to celebrate and honor veterans with services at eleven different memorials/monuments throughout the day.
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