Easton Elementary - Moton honors veterans

From left are Zach Wallace, PE teacher; Catessa Cain, assistant principal; Sherry Bowen, principal; veteran and Elks Lodge member Dick Palazzolo, Mike Butler, PE teacher; and veteran and Elks Lodge member Michael Feehley.

EASTON — On Veterans Day, Easton Elementary School-Moton held its first special recognition day for active duty, reserve, retired and former military who are the parents and grandparents of students who attend the school.

All branches of the U.S. military — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard — were represented in the impressive ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, at the school.

Each veteran was introduced and recognized as they stood with their respective student family member and received the grateful applause of the assembled student body.

Each active duty military member and veteran’s branch of service, rank and current duty station or MOS were announced as the member and student were standing.

This idea for this program began several months earlier, in a discussion between Sherry Bowen, principal of Easton Elementary School, and a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, Easton Elks Lodge 1622. The member shared a previous Veterans Day experience with Bowen, in which a few years ago, he and fellow veterans were honored in a moving ceremony at an elementary school in the suburbs of Philadelphia where two of his grandsons reside and attend school. This exchange became the basis for making an event like that happen on Veterans Day in Easton.

On behalf of the lodge, Michael Feehley and Dick Palazzolo, chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, presented a certificate of appreciation to Bowen and the school at the Elks Lodge in Easton.

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