Highlanders honor the fallen on War and Remembrance Day


On May 24, students of West Milford High School honored our nation’s veterans at the annual War and Remembrance Ceremony held in the gymnasium in anticipation for Memorial Day on May 30. This national holiday touches the lives of countless Americans who have lost loved ones who gave their lives for this nation. While the ceremony is usually held outside by the flagpole, this year it was conducted inside due to poor weather conditions.
With an introduction from Mr. Gorski, senior Matt Ventrella of the Student Council gave an inspiring speech regarding the respect and integrity of the veterans visiting us that day, and the importance of remembering and honoring those who are no longer with us. Veterans and senior students entering the armed forces later this year were honored with rapturous applause for their bravery and dedication to their country.
The Highlander bagpipes and drums also performed for the school and were led by senior Sarah Schoenfeld to play “Amazing Grace” for the crowd. The high school also was privileged to receive a visit from the Westbrook Elementary School Choir, which confidently and joyously sang a patriotic song for the high schoolers.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7198 and Frank M. Sell American Legion Post 289 members were present at the presentation of the wreath, honoring those who lost their lives defending our country. These veterans spent the day visiting history classrooms to interact with students and answer questions about the experiences they had in the armed forces. These sessions with students gave the high schoolers a stronger understanding of why Memorial Day is so important to our nation’s history.