Students say 'Thank you' to veterans

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BENNINGTON — In honor of Veterans Day, fourth graders from Molly Stark Elementary School put on a patriotic performance for residents of the Vermont Veterans Home on Thursday morning.

In the center's Patriot Hall, the students and their teachers gathered under the direction of music teacher Janie Hart to perform "This is America," a selection of about 10 songs and various readings. They wore red, white, and blue sweatshirts donated by the Bennington Elks. The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars also contributed to make the show possible.

During the performance, in between songs, the students introduced themselves as all the different people of different backgrounds that make up America, and thanked the veterans for helping keep the country safe. "On this Veterans Day, we humbly say, thank you," they said in unison.

The songs included classics like "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "America, the Beautiful," as well as some newer pieces, including "American Tears," "For Children Safe and Strong," and "We Remember."

"Holy cow, the Molly Stark School," said Veterans Home Chief Operating Officer Col. Al Faxon after the show. "I thought I was on The Voice, it was unbelievable."

After the performance, students stayed and spoke with veterans and offered them gifts to thank them for their service.

Later in the day the students performed again at Bennington Project Independence on Harwood Hill Road. Students from Shaftsbury Elementary School will also be performing at BPI on Friday.

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.

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