What an absolutely wonderful morning of patriotism and pride at Northport today. Many local veterans came into school to take part in a Veteran’s Panel for students. Mrs. Kemp’s third graders led the program with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Renelus and his band played the National Anthem and a rousing rendition of a medley of the songs for each branch of the military. Students in Susan Smith’s class read a poem called “The Veteran’s Blessing.” The veterans spoke eloquently about the importance of teamwork, support, brotherhood, education and most importantly, honor and integrity. These words are the pillars of a solid educational experience at Northport. The words patriotism, integrity, commitment, sacrifice, honor, service, respect and empathy are the guiding words for American citizenship. We teach our students the meaning of these words by example every day at Northport. Thank you to all veterans who participated and thank you to the teachers who spoke about honoring our veterans in their classes.