Chestnut Ridge Middle School Honors 31 Veterans

SEWELL – Students from Chestnut Ridge Middle School’s Team Shining Stars assembled to honor veterans on Monday, November 9th.
26 year United States Air Force veteran and retiree Ray Sambor addressed the students in the school’s cafeteria.
“I look at the posters hanging around this room, and I realize that all of these attributes describe the veterans who you are honoring today,” said Sambor. “Attitude. Leadership. Respect. Honesty. Trustworthy. All of these people on this stage exemplify all of these character traits. Only one to two percent of all Americans sign up for military service to defend the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. I appreciate that you honor all of us today for that service, and I would encourage you, to put a flag out in front of your house, and when you see a soldier, to thank them because they are willing to fight for America.”
31 area veterans were honored at the event and were treated to a homemade breakfast buffet and listened to a patriotic medley by members of the school’s band, orchestra, and chorus.
Additionally, CRMS alumnus and Washington Township High School graduate, Michael Jones, entertained the guests with “God Bless America.”
“Team Shining Stars celebrates the importance and significance of Veterans Day,” said Linda Martins, Chestnut Ridge Middle School Teacher. “We owe so much to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Too often we take our freedoms for granted. We truly appreciate all that you have done and are proud to honor you for your service and sacrifice.”
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