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Owen J. Roberts High School salutes Vet­er­ans Day

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

SOUTH COVEN­TRY >> Owen J. Roberts High School cel­e­brated ser­vice­men and ser­vice­women on Fri­day in honor of Vet­er­ans Day.

Vet­er­ans and Owen J. Roberts stu­dents gath­ered in the school’s au­di­to­rium to take part in the school’s 13th an­nual Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony and lun­cheon.

Open­ing re­marks from David Sch­wenk, the school’s head of so­cial stud­ies, kicked off the event with ad­di­tional com­ments from Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Su­san T. Lloyd.

“To­day in all seven of our schools, teach­ers and stu­dents pause to honor ev­ery man and wo­man who has ever worn the uni­form of our na­tion; those who self­lessly se­cured Amer­ica’s prom­ise through­out our his­tory, a his­tory that teaches us that se­cu­rity doesn’t just hap­pen,” said Lloyd.

As NJROTC cadets stood at at­ten­tion along the edges of the au­di­to­rium, the NJROTC Drill Team and Drum and Bu­gle Corps played a trib­ute to the armed forces.

Speak­ers at Fri­day’s event in­cluded Cadet/Lt. Com­man­der Eric Friede­man, an NJROTC se­nior of­fice, Penn­syl­va­nia State Rep. Tim Hen­nessey, Phil In­namorato, stand­ing as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Sen. Pa­trick Toomey, as well Owen J. Roberts stu­dent gov­ern­ment pres­i­dent Ahmed Alveed.

“My grat­i­tude ex­tends past a tra­di­tional ap­pre­ci­a­tion ex-

pressed to­day,” said Alveed.

“As a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Amer­i­can and proud United States cit­i­zen, I have first­hand

ex­pe­ri­ence with the tears some­one will cry or the dis­tance some­one will go to have the op­por­tu­nity to raise a fam­ily un­der the flag that our vet­er­ans de­fend ... It is be­cause of the work you do on the bat­tle­field, around the world

and even at home that al­lows me to con­tinue to grow and take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that you all have made avail­able.”

Fol­low­ing a ren­di­tion of “God Bless Amer­ica” per­formed by the Owen J. Roberts High School Choir, Master Gun­nery Sgt. An­drew Wor­ley, head of the NJROTC, took the op­por­tu­nity to speak to stu­dents about what Vet­er­ans Day means on the other side of the fence.

“I’ve learned that you push and push and push and you never give up,” said Wor­ley about his ex­pe­ri­ences in the Navy. “I’ve used what I learned in the ser­vice to pass on to my cadets. I tell them, ‘One bite at a time.’”

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by sev­eral World War II vet­er­ans as well as oth­ers. It con­cluded with a ren­di­tion of “Bat­tle Hymn of the Repub­lic.”

Vet­er­ans were then in­vited into the school’s large group in­struc­tion room to en­joy a catered lunch in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their ser­vice.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mem­bers of the NJROTC lined the walls of the Owen J. Roberts High School au­di­to­rium Fri­day in cel­e­bra­tion of Vet­er­ans Day. The school hon­ored vet­er­ans with a cer­e­mony and lun­cheon for the 13th year Fri­day.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The NJROTC Drill Team at Owen J. Roberts High School pre­sented the flags for each mil­i­tary branch dur­ing the school’s an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The NJROTC Drum & Bu­gle Corps per­formed mil­i­tary songs as the flags of each branch were pre­sented. The school cel­e­brated its 13th An­nual Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony on Fri­day ahead of Vet­er­ans Day on Sun­day.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Owen J. Roberts High School Choir sang the Na­tional An­them Fri­day, as well as a se­lec­tion of other pa­tri­otic songs dur­ing the an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony.

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