With students spending Veteran's Day in the classroom this year, the Cheshire Veterans Council has revamped its annual event to include them in the ceremony.
The annual Veterans Day ceremony, usually held Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. on the Cheshire Green,has been changed this year, according to a spokesman for the Cheshire Veterans Council. Instead, the event will take place at Cheshire High School and have a new format in which students are involved.
“The Board of Education changed its policy about Veterans Day, making it a school day instead of a holiday," VFW Post 10052 Commander John White said. "It wants to have students interact with veterans and thereby give students a living-history educational experience. The Cheshire Veterans Council agreed with that.
"However, since students will be in school and not free to come to the Green for our traditional ceremony, we will go to meet the students,” he said.
So on November 11, the Cheshire Veterans Council and other Cheshire veterans will meet with Cheshire High School students and faculty at 11 a.m. at Cheshire High School’s football stadium to observe the national holiday. The program will last about an hour and will include speeches by students and Board of Education chairman Gerry Brittingham, band and choral music by students, and other events to honor veterans.
Prior to that, at 10 a.m., the Cheshire High School student group called BRAVE (Bringing Remembrance to All Veterans Everywhere) will host a breakfast for the veterans in the cafeteria. BRAVE is also in charge of the observance which follows.
Veterans are invited to the 10 a.m. breakfast. Afterward they will be transported to the stadium by bus. The public is invited to the 11 a.m. observance.