Clockwise from upper left, Nicholas Stevens, Liam Gennari, Amy Kane, and Henrik Palmer helped honor veterans on Friday at Lenox Memorial Middle and High
Clockwise from upper left, Nicholas Stevens, Liam Gennari, Amy Kane, and Henrik Palmer helped honor veterans on Friday at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School. (Photo by Emma Jackson)
Saturday November 10, 2012

Clockwise from upper left, Nicholas Stevens, Liam Gennari, Amy Kane, and Henrik Palmer helped honor veterans on Friday at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School. LENOX -- Veterans, the students in Lenox want you to know that they may not have to report to school on Monday for Veterans Day, but it’s not "just a day off" to them.

On Friday at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, several students ensured the school paid tribute to veterans and their service by reminding fellow classmates with a broadcast message and the playing of taps.

Liam Gennari wrote the following tribute, and Amy Kane read it over the intercom to the school.

"On this day, we will celebrate our veterans who have fought so honorably for this country -- from World War II and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. These courageous men and women have risked their own lives to defend this great nation. On Veterans Day, we praise them for their service. However, it is important to realize that the celebration of our veterans does not end on Sunday. It continues throughout the year.

"We must constantly ask ourselves, are we serving them as well as they’re serving us? When we send our troops into harm’s way, we have a solemn duty to care for their families while they are gone, tend to the soldiers upon their return, and ensure that they have the chance to enjoy the opportunities that they have bravely defended.

"This weekend, we reaffirm these obligations. We will always, especially on Veteran’s day, stand up to applaud the soldiers who keep this country safe and secure."

Right after it was read, Nicholas Steven and Henrik Palmer played taps in the halls so that all could hear.