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Honoring our Veterans
Posted 11/18/2016 08:13AM

Presentations and Visits to Arlington Cemetery and Memorials

Bullis remembered our nation's veterans in a few different ways this year, bringing the holiday home and making the sacrifice of U.S. veterans personal.

The 8th grade class honored Veteran's day by visiting Arlington National Cemetery and the WWII and Vietnam Memorials.

At Arlington Cemetery, they visited various monuments and memorials including the Robert E. Lee memorial, the Kennedy grave sites and the eternal flame. After some time exploring the solemnity of Arlington, the students went to the National Mall to visit the WWII Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial. There, they had the opportunity to interview and talk with several veterans about their service and experiences. The veterans spoke with our students about camaraderie, sacrifice, and pride, offering important personal perspectives to the dedication of our nation's vets throughout our country's history.

This trip followed an earlier all-school assembly honoring veterans in our own school community. Those recognized for their contributions as members of the armed services were: Bill Lumpkin (Athletics), Ted Lewis (Music), Jeff Bellistri (Navy, Math), Mark Colbur (Technology), Tim Hanson (Army, Social Studies), Chris Brown (Athletics/Admission), Ty Lloyd (Technology), Dr. Michael Reidy (Army, Associate Head of School) and Dr. Gerald Boarman (Head of School).

Mr. Bellistri spoke about the history of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, and the importance of remembering our veterans those who are in active service for their great sacrifices and pride in service to country. Mr. Brown reminded the students about the Bullis core value of service and asked all students to have a moment of silence while Mr. Lewis played "taps" to remember those veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in battle.

In addition, some students spoke about their admiration for members of their own family who have served, or currently serve. Charlotte Caine '22 honored her grandfather who served in the Army in Vietnam and won the bronze medal for valor. Paige Merril '22 wrote a presentation about the three members of her family who served as Navy doctors and nurses: great-grandmother was a nurse in WWI, grandmother served in WWII and her grandfather was a doctor. (Classmate and friend Talia Panagiotopoulos '22 stepped in to make Paige's presentation because Paige was out of school for sickness on the day of the assembly.) Hannah Hoverman '21 honored her grandfather for his service in the Air Force, and Soren Zimmer '21 spoke about his uncle who is currently in active duty in the Marines.

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