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22 Veterans, Escorted by Windermere Boulevard Students, Featured in Indoor Parade

Veterans walk in paradeTwenty-two Veterans, escorted by a Windermere Boulevard Elementary student they know, were the featured guests at an indoor Veterans Day parade at the elementary school. Leading the Nov. 10 parade was Michael McCartney, a kindergarten teacher, and the school mascot Windy.

The indoor parade was the idea of first-grade teachers because their students were just starting a social studies unit on citizenship which included learning about national holidays, specifically Veterans Day. To make the event more personal and show a connection between Windermere students and local Veterans, students in all grade levels were able to invite a family member or friend who is a Veteran to walk with them in the parade. The rest of the student body lined the hallways outside their classrooms to cheer, wave American flags and watch the parade. Invitations to participate in the parade were also sent to local veteran’s groups and several attended.

“I think it is great that the school does the parade to honor veterans and active service members,” said McCartney, who served as an U.S. Army reservist with the 388th General Hospital out of Niagara Falls. “I was one of the lucky ones that did not deploy and I think it is wonderful to acknowledge those brave folks that put themselves in harm's way for our freedom.”

After the parade, all the first-grade classes sang a special Veterans Day song to the guests.

First-grade classes held a coin collection and raised $431.25 to donate to Wings Flights of Hope which provides free flights to soldiers so that they are able to get the medical attention they may need. The American Legion post 622 generously donated $200 toward the fundraiser.


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