Graham A. Barden Elementary honors veterans


Members of Havelock High School’s NJROTC present the colors at the opening of a Veterans Day program last week at Graham A. Barden Elementary School in Havelock. The program honored all those who have served or are serving in the armed forces.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM.

One could hear a pin drop when the Havelock High School NJROTC Color Guard marched into the gymnasium at Graham A. Barden Elementary School.

The entire school gathered last week for its annual Veterans Day Program in which members of all branches of the armed services were honored.

It’s not surprising that the young students paid such attention, since nearly two-thirds of them have parents in the military.

“We know that our students are connected to the military,” said Principal Marilyn Brown. “We have at least 65 percent of our students with military families so we wanted to show the children how much we appreciate their families as well.”

Most of the children understand what it’s like to have a parent deployed overseas.

“This is a military town and we appreciate the military for everything they do,” Brown said. “Not only do they support our country, but they support our schools, so we want to honor them as much as possible to let the students know that we love them as well as their parents.”

Navy Hospital Corpsman second class Kelly Wimberly was among several active-duty military personnel who attended in uniform.

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