Celebrating National Heroes


A sea of red, white and blue blanketed the cafeteria at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School as students dressed in red, white and blue celebrated Veterans Day with a Skype session with Petty Officer Victoria Alvarez of the U.S. Navy.

Several students had the opportunity to ask Officer Alvarez questions related to her job, read her poems about what it means to be a veteran and perform a patriotic song.

The school’s celebration spilled into the adjoining “Hallway of Heroes,” which was decorated with the names of 220 men and women who proudly serve the nation and have a special connection to the school community. The school also participated in the Green Light Campaign, which honors those who have sacrificed so much to serve the country. An illuminated green light bulb was on display in the main lobby, and each student received a paper bulb to display at home. In addition, the school raised more than $300 for the Honor Flight, which assists World War II veterans with visiting the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Here at Sylvan Avenue, we have been participating in activities throughout the week to honor the men and women in our nation’s armed forces for their past and present service,” said Principal Alane Dugan. “We celebrate these very special individuals because they protect the freedoms that all Americans enjoy.”