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West Seneca West Senior High School announces 30th Annual Veteran’s Day Commemoration – Virtual Ceremony to be posted on YouTube

West Seneca West Senior High School is pleased to announce its 30th Annual Veteran’s Day Commemoration which will be posted virtually on YouTube on November 11, 2020.   The link will be posted on the West Seneca Central Schools website (www.wscschools.org).

The program will include past clips with the participation of:  American Legion Color Guard, Post 8113 AMVETS, American Legion Post 735, West Seneca Veterans, American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Unit 735, American Legion Riders, Navy Seabees, Niagara Frontier Marine Corp League, 82nd Airborne, VFW Post 2940, VFW Post 8113, VFW Post 12097, Armed Services Recruiters for West Senior and the Gold Star Mothers. 

Students will honor veterans through patriotic readings, artwork, and music. Writing contest winners who will read their original pieces are Chloe Mazurkiewicz and Riley Godwin.  Art contest winners are Maria Mager and Laney Wild. This year’s theme is Hindsight is always 20/20. Looking back on centuries of veterans’ service and sacrifice and what we have learned from the past, we must always maintain the vision for the future of Veterans. Putting the Veteran at the center on Veteran’s Day we continue to honor all who served, while focusing on the needs of the next generation of Veterans.

The special guest speaker will be Staff Sergeant Michael Robertson, who served in the Army National Guard for 24 years before retiring in 2010.  His primary service was as a musician in several Army bands.  In 2005, the 42nd Infantry Division Bank in which he was serving became the first reserve-component band since World War II to be activated to serve in a forward area when they were sent to Tikrit, Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Robertson received many military honors, including the Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.  In his civilian life, he has been a music teacher for 30 years, currently teaching in the Grand Island Central School District.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia.  In 2017, he was honored with the Buffalo Philharmonic Erie County Music Educators Association Award for Excellence in Music Education.  Robertson and his wife, Nora, live in Hamburg and have five children.

Relatives of students and staff who are currently or have served in the military will also be included in the commemoration.