2014-11-14 / Front Page

School assembly honors veterans

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer


World War II veterans Loring “Bob” Newcomb of Old Orchard Beach and John “Benny” Woodman of Saco received a standing ovation when they were introduced at a Veterans Day ceremony at Kennebunk Elementary School. Woodman and Newcomb will visit the WWII monument in Washington, D.C. in 2015, courtesy of a $5,000 donation from Kennebunk Elementary School families and teachers. (Alex Acquisto photos) World War II veterans Loring “Bob” Newcomb of Old Orchard Beach and John “Benny” Woodman of Saco received a standing ovation when they were introduced at a Veterans Day ceremony at Kennebunk Elementary School. Woodman and Newcomb will visit the WWII monument in Washington, D.C. in 2015, courtesy of a $5,000 donation from Kennebunk Elementary School families and teachers. (Alex Acquisto photos) As part of its 10-year anniversary celebration, students and teachers at Kennebunk Elementary School invited family and friends to attend a Veterans Day remembrance.

The ceremony was televised live Friday, Nov. 7, when nearly 50 veterans were recognized for their service to the country.

To begin the ceremony, student members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts lined a path through the crowd for University of Southern Maine cadets and officers, who led the color guard.

A South African drum ceremony was performed by students and led by artistin residence Michael Wingfield. The student choir thanked the veterans by singing “Thank You, Soldiers.”


Students wave small American flags during Kennebunk Elementary School’s Veterans Day celebration Friday, Nov. 7. The event was part of a three-week series of live televised events to celebrate the school’s 10-year anniversary. Students wave small American flags during Kennebunk Elementary School’s Veterans Day celebration Friday, Nov. 7. The event was part of a three-week series of live televised events to celebrate the school’s 10-year anniversary. High-ranking veterans and active serviceman were also introduced.

“Ladies and gentleman, thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for your service, we are humbled to have you here with us today,” said Principal Ryan Quinn.

World War II veterans John “Benny” Woodman of Saco and Loring “Bob” Newcomb of Old Orchard Beach both attended the event.

Quinn and art teacher Tina Dephillip presented Woodman and Newcomb with an all-expenses-paid surprise trip to the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

The trip will be funded by $5,000 in donations from KES students and their families.

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