By John Anderson
The fourth grade class at Pakachoag Elementary took center stage yesterday for their Memorial Day Program. With classmates, relatives and guests in the audience, they sang their hearts out and read some fine passages. Auburn Veterans from the Chester P. Tuttle American Legion Post 279 were in attendance along with guest speaker Thomas Shoemaker.
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 do not understand war, and the words “ultimate sacrifice” may seem hollow. Principal Deborah Kozik in her introduction and Commander Shoemaker in his speech did their best to put the meaning of this holiday into perspective, and it appeared many attentive ears were hearing the message.
The music selected by music teacher Mary Casey was very fitting and included some props to augment the vocals. Trumpeters Miranda Courteau and Thomas Cowden played taps during the program.
If these young students take only one thing away from this event, it will be pride. Pride in their country, pride in their school and community, pride in their military, and, most importantly, pride in themselves. This was a great program and another fine example of the interaction between Auburn Public Schools and the community that supports them so well.