Pinkerton students to host Veterans Day breakfastBy HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent
November 10. 2013 6:24PM
DERRY — Pinkerton Academy freshmen want to show their gratitude to veterans today by giving them 700 thank you cards during the school's Annual Veterans Day Breakfast.
The cards the freshmen wrote will be delivered to an area VFW and presented to vets during the breakfast at the Academy Building cafeteria, according to Pinkerton officials.
Sponsored, organized and hosted by the senior class, the breakfast officially begins at 7 a.m. and includes a tribute ceremony that will start at 8 a.m.
"That really is the best part of the event — the opportunity to pay tribute to the vets," said Jonathan Fowler, an English teacher who is helping organize the event.
The free breakfast is open to all veterans and their family members. It is scheduled to run until approximately 10 a.m.
In some of the cards, freshmen wrote that they knew someone who was either serving in the military, or had served. One freshman wrote that his father, grandfather and an uncle had all served in the Marines. The writer said he wanted follow in their footsteps and also become a Marine.
A popular theme expressed by many students was how they couldn't live in freedom, and the country couldn't exist, without the sacrifice of veterans.
In one of the cards, the writer mentions how she recently attended the Red Sox World Series victory parade. She added that the parade might sound irrelevant to veterans.
She continued on, writing that the parade stopped at one point along the route; she suddenly realized she was standing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Referring to the April bombing, she wrote, "This is where it happened."
Suddenly, a man emerged from a Duck boat used in the parade and began to sing "God Bless America." The crowd began to sing along and she was caught up in the patriotic moment.
"I realized how proud I was to be an American," she wrote. "This is because of you. Without you I wouldn't be able to call myself an American. Thank you."
The breakfast has been held annually for more than 20 years, Fowler said. It was first put together by former Pinkerton English teacher Linda DeCosta as a community service project for one of the classes she advised, Fowler said.
Every four years, a new freshman class "inherits" the event and is responsible for hosting it for their four years at Pinkerton, Fowler said.
Fowler said he and Kristen Abbott, also in the English department, were "lucky enough to pick up the event from the class of 2010."
Fowler said the event couldn't be put on without the volunteer help from Pinkerton faculty and staff.
"It is a very popular event among the faculty who are always so eager to help us honor our local heroes."