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Veteran’s Day 2019 Exercises at Belmont Public Schools

Veterans were honored at Chenery Middle School followed by Burbank and Butler Elementary Schools on November 8. Programs at schools opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, where the audience stood and veterans saluted, followed by poems, and patriotic songs. Student speakers at all schools helped transition through the program items.

Belmont VFW Post Commander Kip Gaudet was the Officer of the Day and introduced the veterans. These veterans represented service in three wars; Korea, Vietnam, and the War on Terror and included all five branches of service; Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Army, and the Air Force. Also taking the stage were our own service members; Physical Education teacher David Gonzales, who served in the British Army, and retired Butler custodian and Vietnam veteran Robert Johnson. Both drew thunderous applause from students when their names were announced on the school stage.

Surprise guest via a video greeting from a boat was Chenery Physical Education Teacher Ryan Schmitt, who is currently deployed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Schmitt’s wife, Julie, and daughter, Grace, were in the audience, "Thank you for having my family there," says Schmitt. "I hope everyone’s having a good school year, and I will see you soon." Schmitt returns to Chenery in February of 2020.

Chenery Principal Michael McAllister said the Chenery three "Rs", Respectful, Responsible, Ready to learn, are not just for the classroom but apply to everybody, every day, everywhere, "These men showed us with their service respect, responsibility, and readiness, and we thank them."

CMS P.E. Teacher David Gonzales  Retired Butler Custodian Robert Johnson  Veteran's being introduced to audience  Belmont VFW Post Commander Kip Gaudet and Veterans  Grace and Julie Schmitt  CMS P.E. Teacher Ryan Schmitt