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Veterans visit middle school, share war experiences

Students Jillian Van Leer, Jimmy Drancsak and Aimee LaFrance listen as veteran Joe Owens shares stories with them.

Students Jillian Van Leer, Jimmy Drancsak and Aimee LaFrance listen as veteran Joe Owens shares stories with them. Lori Ruhlman

— By moving this year’s event to the courtyard, students and staff were able to add more ceremony to honor the veterans. There was a color guard performance and a performance of Taps. In addition, student Jimmy Dranscak performed “Amazing Grace” on his violin. Student Aimee LaFrance read “In Flander’s Field,” and Glyn Davenport placed a wreath in honor of veterans.

The atmosphere was solemn yet festive.

It seemed that both generations — the oldest and the youngest — were together in the knowledge that some very important stories were being handed over, so that the past could safely be carried into the future.

Lori Ruhlman is Skaneateles CSD public information officer.

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