Aquebogue Elementary School Thanks Veterans and Service Members with Appreciation Walk

December 20, 2023
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Aquebogue Elementary School Thanks Veterans and Service Members with Appreciation Walk

Local Veterans and Service Members Joined Students and Staff for a Meaningful Day of Gratitude, Learning and Celebration

RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK (DECEMBER 2023) — Aquebogue Elementary School recently hosted 18 local veterans and service members for its inaugural Veterans Appreciation Walk. Each veteran was greeted and welcomed as a guest of honor by a student host, who was either a relative or a member of the school’s student leadership team. Leading up to the start of the walk, Riverhead High School musicians proudly played patriotic songs.

“Our students were such enthusiastic hosts,” said Aquebogue Elementary School Assistant Principal Gary Karlson. “While we often discuss teamwork and responsibility with them, being able to express gratitude to the men and women who demonstrate these values at the highest level was an impactful experience for the students, staff and guests.”

The walk commenced with students from all grades lining the decorated halls and singing a song of gratitude to the visiting veterans and service members as they strolled through the school. Countless smiles, handshakes and fist bumps were shared between guests, students and staff. Tears of joy were spilled as well due to the overwhelming atmosphere of support and unity.

Following the walk, student hosts and veterans and service members enjoyed cake, coffee and juice together as the guests discussed their service to their country and community. The event concluded with the presentation of a personalized thank you poster signed by Aquebogue Elementary School students and staff to each guest.

“We thank all of our guests for attending this meaningful event,” said Assistant Principal Karlson. “We would also like to invite them to join us again next year for this new tradition.”

Additional photos are on the Riverhead Central School District Facebook here.


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Visiting veterans and service members enjoying cake, coffee and juice with student hosts

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A student and his family celebrate the veterans in their family and community

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Riverhead High School students performing patriotic songs to welcome the visiting veterans and service members

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Students enjoy sharing a meal with the veterans and service members they are hosting

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Aquebogue Elementary School students prepare to welcome veterans and service members

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Students enjoying speaking with a visiting veteran

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The personalized thank you posters for visiting veterans and service members