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One hundred and fifty America flags in precision rows are on display on John Jay High School’s front lawn November 9 through November 23. This is the Field of Honor, a project of JJ for Vets club, created to honor and raise money for America’s veterans.
Local and state government dignitaries attended the dedication for the Field of Honor on Thursday, November 10, including Assemblyman David Buchwald and County Legislator Francis T. Corcoran. Dr. Siciliano, Principal of John Jay High School (JJHS), spoke, and members of student vocal groups the Rolling Tones, Treblemakers and Noteables performed.
“Today we honor those who gave of themselves so this nation can thrive. For those who have not served, remember that what we have is because of those who have,” said Assemblyman Buchwald. “Only one other school in my district does anything like this. It is testament to the kind of community that Katonah-Lewisboro School District is for having this outpouring of support.”
County Legislator Corcoran spoke as an alumni of JJHS. “We recognize, value and appreciate those who serve. All of us should do the right thing and stand up for what we believe in. But those who served have a special place in our hearts.”
"These flags symbolize love through service. People gave their lives for an idea: that people should be free," said Dr. Siciliano. "If we are troubled by this election, these flags remind us of what unites us."
JJ for Vets club members Daniel Gordon and Steven Palmesi spearheaded John Jay High School’s Field of Honor. “Over the years we have played Bingo with veterans at our club's visits to Veterans Hospitals, helped with yard clean up at veterans' homes, distributed care packages to veterans, and helped at our club’s baseball clinic fundraiser, which raised over $7,000,” said Gordon.
John Jay High School students and residents purchased the American flags on display at the Field of Honor. The project raised $1111, which was donated to Montrose Veterans Hospital and the VFW in Katonah. Donors brought the flags home as keepsakes.