Veterans honored with lunch, program at elementary school

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Nov 15, 2013
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Sixth-grader Linsey Low reads her poem on the theme, "What does freedom mean to me?" during a program honoring veterans at Hope Elementary School Friday, Nov. 15.

Hope — Hope Elementary School students welcomed veterans to a luncheon and program in their honor Friday, Nov. 15.

Principal Danielle Fagonde said the lunch was the first Veterans Day event the school has had in several years, and she was glad to be able to do it.

“It's very important that we honor our veterans. … It's a good opportunity to give back and say thank you to those who have served for us. And it's a good way to give back to the community.”

She said scheduling conflicts had forced the school to have the lunch after the Veterans Day holiday.

Several former service members attended the meal, sitting with students; some had family members attending the school.

Wilbur Jacobs was in the Marines from 1955 to 1959, working mostly in security. He said he was born and raised in Hope, and recalled attending the two-room school where the current Town Office is located. His wife Jessie was originally from Camden, and cooked for the old elementary school in Hope. The couple had six children who attended school in town.

After the meal, eighth-grader students led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance from the stage. Fagonde then welcomed the veterans.

Several representatives of each class read essays on the theme, “What does freedom mean to me?”

The event concluded with ice cream and cake for everyone.

From left, Army veteran Lindley Knight enjoys lunch with Ethan Moody, Madison Nosta and Hunter Fields at Hope Elementary School Nov. 15. The school invited veterans for a meal and program in their honor. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
From left, Wilbur Jacobs, a veteran of the Marines and a lifelong resident of Hope, sits with his wife, Jessie, and student Aden Robinson during a lunch to honor veterans at Hope Elementary School Friday, Nov. 15. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Maine State Trooper Jeremy Wesbrock, center, who served 10 years in the Army, eats lunch with Hope Elementary School students Friday, Nov. 15. Seated on either side of him, from left, are Hunter Fields, Jed Holmes and Keagan Dodge. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Cabot Adams, second from right, pauses during a lunch to honor veterans at Hope Elementary School Nov. 15. He is joined by, from left, Vernon Smith, Garrett Crabtree and Don Ficek, the grandfather of two Hope students, who was visiting from Michigan. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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