by Lisa Tome
There was singing, poem recitations, and even a small parade.
But Wednesday, May 25 was mostly a day for remembering.
Conowingo Elementary School hosted its annual "With Honor and Gratitude: We Remember" ceremony for Memorial Day.
The ceremony is particularly meaningful for Conowingo fourth grade teacher Deb Cook. Her father, Army Veteran William Buckner, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. She encouraged students to visit that cemetery and pay their respects to fallen heroes.
As part of the celebration, students with family members serving or who have served in the military are encouraged to come to school. Bill Langston is a U.S. Army Veteran who served from 1980-1994. He turned out with nieces and nephews.
"I think this is great. The younger generation needs to learn how to be patriotic and what patriotism means," said Langston.
John Edie is also retired from the Army. He said he has attended the event for four years with his grandson. "It's nice to be remembered and thought of," said Edie.
Steve Farris is in the Coast Guard. His daughter is in the third grade. "This is a celebration. We get to see the kids and their patriotism. It's a day of thanks," said Farris.
Michelle and Makinlie Marden brought along photos of family members who have served.
They held photos of both their grandfathers, Joseph Anderson who served in the Army and John Marden who served in the Navy.
Shane Price is in the Air National Guard. He has attended the ceremony eight times. "It's nice to see this every year," said Price.