Veterans honored by school kids in Schenectady

November 09, 2017 12:52 PM

SCHENECTADY – The song "Dear Mom," performed Thursday morning at Brown School by Megan Calos, was first a story. Then she added the music.

"To go through what it would be like to be separated from your mom so young," the 8th grader explained. "Kind of the strength of the body between a mom and her daughter and how wonderful the feeling can be when the mom comes home and everything and how it's hard for people to be separated from each other but in the end the mom was a hero and in the end she comes home and it's her hero."

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Calos performed her song during the Veterans Day Assembly in the gymnasium. The school also honored 20 veterans from all branches of the military, giving them stars cut from retired American flags.

"It was kind of special today, it really was," said Harold Post, who served in the Air Force from 1963-67 and then inactive for two more years. When asked what it was like to have young kids perform this tribute: "They don't have a clue," he laughed, "but at least they appreciate what we have done."

His grandson Liam Post-Good is an 8th grader at Brown School: "I like hearing stories. I have another neighbor who tells me stories also so I like to thank all the veterans in my community that I can on Veterans Day."

John J. McKenna III, whose namesake son was killed in Iraq in 2005, geared his message to both kids and adults. He encouraged all veterans to tell their story and everyone else to thank them "today and every day."

"Tell the story," McKenna said. "One of the things we don't have are veterans who are willing to come out and tell the good times, the bad times, the joy and the sadness but that's all part of what they do in serving…They have to tell their story so the youngsters will know what it's like coming up. Otherwise, there's no way of knowing."

And Army Reservist Rahmir Hammond, 25, had enlisted in June 2014.

"I went back to myself in elementary school and just thought about what I would be feeling in the situation and it made me appreciate the situation a lot more," Hammond said.


John Craig

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