Field of Honor 2023

Ceremony Honors Veterans With Flag Formation, Speeches & Music

“I remember standing right about here, in 1967,” said John Lemke with a chuckle. The 1967 graduate of John Jay High School returned to his alma mater on November 9 to speak at the Field of Honor, a school ceremony arranged by the club JJ4Vets, to honor local veterans.

He and several other veterans sat with the co presidents of JJ4Vets. Behind them, crisp rows of American flags stood in formation. To their right, John Jay’s Band, conducted by Jared Henderson, opened with the National Anthem.

“We want to think veterans for their service,” said William Civetta and Dylan Cooper, JJ4Vets'co-presidents, to the gathered audience of students, teachers, Board of Education members and administrators.