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W. Seneca East High School Welcomes 'Hometown Heroes' for 9th Year | Community Spirit

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W. Seneca East High School Welcomes 'Hometown Heroes' for 9th Year
W. Seneca East High School Welcomes 'Hometown Heroes' for 9th Year

West Seneca East Senior High School students had the chance to connect with local veterans during their annual “Hometown Heroes” program on Friday, May 25.

This is the ninth year the event was held to coincide with Memorial Day. The veterans - who voluntarily shared their stories with small groups of English and social studies students - included 14 men and women from World War II up through present conflicts. A total of 18 classes of students had the opportunity to participate throughout the day.

Several veterans new to the program joined returning guests. New volunteers had to be recruited this year, as several WWII vets who previously spoke at Hometown Heroes have passed away or are no longer able to participate due to health issues. The event included a display in memory of former participants who are deceased.

This year’s group still included four veterans of WWII – one of whom was a prisoner of war - as well as one woman.

Hometown Heroes was named the 2010 Outstanding Program/Service Award Winner by the Western New York Library Resources Council. The program continues to be coordinated by Sandra Eichelberger, library media specialist at East Senior.

In connection with Hometown Heroes, East Senior students and staff wore red on May 25 as part of the “Red Shirt Fridays” initiative to show support to servicemen and women and their families. Also new this year, students and staff placed a flag on a wall map to represent where a family member or friend has served or is serving with the military.


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