HHS Students Thank Local Veterans

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On Friday, June 3, Advanced Placement Government students from Harborfields High School welcomed approximately 30 local veterans to the school for a special breakfast in their honor. Coordinated by teacher Patricia Taylor, the annual event is one final gesture on behalf of the students to the nation’s heroes before the school year ends.
Veterans from the local American Legion and VFW Posts spent the morning with students, telling them stories of their service over breakfast. Students enjoyed listening to the experiences of veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Some veterans also brought photo albums along to show students photos from their time in service.
One guest, World War II veteran Michael Colamonico, captivated students with his story of being held a Prisoner of War. “I tell you this story because you should know what we – and some of your own grandparents – went through,” he said.
Fellow veteran Alex Squillace, who served in Korea from 1956-1957, told the Harborfields students that the conditions he lived in were primitive. He said, “We were required to stay on one road the entire time – if you deviated from that path, you were in trouble.” Mr. Squillace commented that he attends the Harborfields High School breakfast every year. “I enjoy it because I like to give kids a flavor of what it was like during that time,” he explained.