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Commemorating Memorial Day at Monticello High SchoolMemorial Day

May 24, 2012

The Monticello High School community commemorated Memorial Day to honor American service men and women, prisoners of war (POW), those missing in action (MIA) and our fallen brethren. The May 24 afternoon ceremony began with welcoming words from MHS Principal Lori Orestano-James followed by a heartfelt rendition of the National Anthem by the Monticello High School Chamber Singers. Student Becky Martinek spoke to the assembly about the history and importance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Representatives from the Navy, Air Force and New York State Troopers along with honor guards from Stewart Air Force Base and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department participated in the ceremony. United States Navy Senior Chief Joseph Collura read aloud the narrative titled “A Table for One.” He explained to the crowd how this literary work pays homage to fellow military personnel who cannot be with their ranks due to being a POW or MIA.

The event included a flag folding ceremony in which a new American flag was presented as a gift for the high school auditorium by Monticello American Legion Post 73 Commander Robert Huebner and 2nd Vice Commander Robert Owens. High school senior Greg Wissman played "Taps" to close out the patriotic remembrance.


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Photos: Monticello High School Principal Lori Orestano-James thanks two of her safety staff members for their help with the Memorial Day event. From left are Manny Leon, a former SWAT team member in Puerto Rico, and Dennis Browne, a retired NY City Police detective.

American Legion Post 73 Commander Robert Huebner and 2nd Vice Commander Robert Owens take direction from United States Navy Senior Chief Joseph Collura. Chief Collura was instrumental in organizing the Memorial Day event for the high school.

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The U.S. government will pay tribute to the men and women who died during military service by observing a minute of silence at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012