Keith Val­ley stu­dents serve up Veter­ans Day break­fast

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - COMMUNITY - A press re­lease from the Hatboro-Hor­sham School Dis­trict

More than 300 stu­dents, fac­ulty mem­bers and politi­cians gath­ered at Keith Val­ley Mid­dle School to honor those who served their coun­try Nov. 9.

The an­nual Veter­ans Day break­fast pays trib­ute to those who put their lives at stake to pro­tect this coun­try and its free­doms.

Keith Val­ley As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal John Ew­erth wel­comed at­ten­dees, as well as POWs and MIAs, and thanked veter­ans for their ser­vice.

Dur­ing the event, words of thanks and sup­port were of­fered by state Rep. Todd Stephens, R-151, and Thomas Murt, R-152.

Stephens said com­mu­nity events like the Keith Val­ley break­fast show veter­ans that the com­mu­nity is be­hind them and rec­og­nizes their con­tri­bu­tions.

Murt, an Iraq War vet­eran, thanked Keith Val­ley for host­ing the event, not­ing it is a thought­ful and mean­ing­ful gesture. He spoke of the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing that those who served have ac­cess to re­sources and ser­vices that will en­sure their well-be­ing.

“These men and women risked their lives so that we could live in this democ­racy,” he said.

Eighth-grade stu­dent Re­becca Nyce, the win­ner of the Pa­triot’s Pen, an es­say con­test run through the lo­cal VFW, dis­cussed her en­try. Nyce wrote about her grand­fa­ther, a ra­dio oper­a­tor who served in Ger­many. He taught her the im­por­tance of re­spect­ing and hon­or­ing the Amer­i­can flag.

Guest speaker Mar­i­anne Bustin, a ther­a­pist with the Re­siliency Center who helps veter­ans fo­cus on work-life is­sues, also ad­dressed the au­di­ence. Her un­cle, a Korean War POW, in­spired her to join the mil­i­tary, and she served in the Navy.

Eighth-grade Amer­i­can his­tory teacher Jim Iaia, who was in­stru­men­tal in or­ga­niz­ing the event, said, “Words don’t ad­e­quately de­scribe how mean­ing­ful this event is to veter­ans, in­clud­ing my­self.”

Keith Val­ley sec­re­tary Julie Bardsley, who helped to co­or­di­nate the event, added, “This event means a lot to me. I have fam­ily that served in the mil­i­tary and they are no longer with us, but to see the stu­dents gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what our veter­ans have been through and what they mean to our coun­try is an im­por­tant piece of what we do here. “

U.S. Army Sgt. Jamion An­der­son was in­vited by his son, a Keith Val­ley eighth­grade stu­dent, and said, “Be­com­ing a soldier goes far be­yond what the world knows. I love serv­ing. This break­fast brought tears to my eyes. It is very im­por­tant.”

His son, Jamion An­der­son Jr., said he looks for­ward to the event and loves invit­ing his fa­ther.

“This morn­ing has been fun, and it means a lot to me,” he said. “I hear about what the sol­diers have been through. They rep­re­sent our coun­try so well.”

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