Greens Farms El Salutes Veterans

There’s a good reason why Westport schools are in session on Veterans Day.

It’s a chance for students to learn the meaning of the holiday. Some classes have special discussions. Some buildings hold special assemblies.

At Greens Farms Elementary School, youngsters hear from veterans themselves. Some served in long-ago wars. Others — including the father of at least 2 current students — are serving now.

Greens Farms School principal Kevin Cazzetta welcomes Lieutenant Commander Ryan Weddle, father of students Ben and John. He has served in the US Navy since 2008, with deployments to Guantanamo, Afghanistan and Qatar.

Each year, teachers organize a ceremony. Several dozen servicemen and women are honored. This year, nearly two dozen took the stage.

Veterans on stage. The “Missing Man” table in front is decorated with symbols representing missing family members (rose), love for country (red ribbon), tears shed for those lost (salt), missing soldiers 9inverted) glass and hope (lit candle).

They were serenaded with songs of all the armed forces branches — including, this year, the new Space Force tune.

The Greens Farms PtA sponsors a reception too.

GFS 3rd grade teacher Karen Frawley (right) with her mother Doris Serbu Seipel. She is a first lieutenant in the Air Force Nurse Corps, and a captain in the New York State National Guard.

“It’s the best assembly of the year, every year,” says longtime music teacher Suzanne Sherman Propp. “It’s really heartwarming.”

Greens Farms 3rd graders are ready.

She helped organize the event, with colleagues Amy Murtagh, Karen Frawley, Dan Seek, Jason Hubball, Catherine Vanech and Lisa Doran.

Greens Farms Elementary School 3rd grade teachers (from left): Karen Frawley, Catherine Vanech, Amy Murtagh, Jason Hubball.

Former Bedford Middle School math teacher Salpi Tokatlian (right) with her granddaughter, GFS 2nd grader Ella, and husband Sgt. Matthew Charles Tokatlian, US Army 1968-71. He served in Vietnam, and earned a Sharpshooter Medal.

(Hat tip and all photos: Suzanne Sherman Propp)

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3 responses to “Greens Farms El Salutes Veterans

  1. I love the last photo. It’s very endearing with the granddaughter smushed between the grandparents.

  2. Mrs. Tokatlian was a great Jr. High Math teacher. Thank you.

  3. I hope Principal Kevin Cazzetta reads all the comments. When I started at Greens Farms School in 1952, Mrs Leary was in her last year as principal. Then came Mr. Ready in 1953. Greens Farms School is a special place for me. I remember getting my Polio vaccine, in the evening, in the gym in 1956. Robin McCoy was in line standing next to me. I know I’m rambling, so a Happy Veterans’ Day to everyone and hopefully we all have many more!

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