Learning From Local Veterans

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Third graders at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District learned about the service and sacrifices of American heroes during a visit from local veterans on Nov. 8. 

The visit was for the school’s annual “Salute to Heroes” event, during which local veterans with ties to the school share their military experiences with students and answer their questions. This year’s visitors were Barry Gilmore, father-in-law of third grade teacher Gary Karlson, who served as a specialist 4 during the Vietnam War; Riverhead High School security guard Fred Ligon, an Air Force reservist who served in Afghanistan; and Roanoke Avenue crossing guard Brian Mooney, a 20-year veteran who served as an Army sergeant first class during the Vietnam War, served in Germany, Korea and Eastern Europe during the Cold War era, and served in the National Guard.  

Gilmore also stopped by Aquebogue Elementary School where students heard firsthand about teamwork, commitment and a sense of mission that defines military service.