Lock­er­man cel­e­brates Vet­er­ans Day

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DEN­TON — Lock­er­man Mid­dle School re­cently held its an­nual Vet­er­ans Day cel­e­bra­tion, invit­ing lo­cal vet­er­ans to a spaghetti din­ner and pro­gram.

The school band and cho­rus pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment with pa­tri­otic mu­sic, as well as a mov­ing solo per­for­mance by eighth grade teacher Shawn Parks. All 19 vet­er­ans in at­ten­dance shared de­tails of their ser­vice with the au­di­ence.

Ernst S. Sel­lig, 96, was the most se­nior vet­eran in at­ten­dance. He re­tired from the U.S. Army with the rank of cap­tain af­ter 22 years of ser­vice, and is a re­cip­i­ent of the Pur­ple Heart.

Sel­lig said he has vivid mem­o­ries of Adolph Hitler com­ing to power in Ger­many. At the age of 16, Sel­lig’s par­ents sent him to live with an un­cle in Amer­ica, and his younger broth­ers were sent to Eng­land on a Kin­der­trans­port, (Ger­man for “chil­dren’s trans­port”), an or­ga­nized res­cue ef­fort in the months prior to World War II. Sel­lig’s par­ents stayed in Ger­many and were both mur­dered in sep­a­rate con­cen­tra­tion camps.

Sel­lig has been a reg­u­lar at­tendee of the Lock­er­man Mid­dle School Vet­eran’s Day cel­e­bra­tion for more than a decade, and each year, the school com­mu­nity is hon­ored to serve him din­ner and per­form for him and other vet­er­ans in at­ten­dance.

“We are hon­ored to in­vite lo­cal vet­er­ans to the school to pay tribute to them, and grate­ful they are will­ing to come and share with our stu­dents,” said Prin­ci­pal Nikki VonDenBosch. “Sto­ries like Mr. Selig’s are mov­ing and emo­tional, and teach our chil­dren his­tor y in ways that text­books can­not. The LMS staff and stu­dents look for­ward to this cel­e­bra­tion of our lo­cal he­roes ev­ery year.”

Pho­tos from the event, cour­tesy of Char­maine Ba­corn, can be found on Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools’ Flickr page.

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Vet­er­ans were in­vited to take part in Lock­er­man Mid­dle School’s an­nual Vet­eran’s Day cel­e­bra­tion.

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