Veterans Program at Ridgewood High School
My name is John Domville and I have been a US History and American Government & Politics teacher at Ridgewood High School for a number of years. As you may know I am helping to coordinate the upcoming “Veterans Appreciation Breakfast and Tribute to Service Assembly” program to be held here at the high school next Friday, November 16, 2012. Bob Paoli of the American Legion has informed me that you all have graciously volunteered to be members of a panel for discussion during the assembly portion of our program for which I am greatly appreciative.
After a delicious breakfast (prepared and served by our culinary students) in our Campus Center (8 – 8:45 AM) we will proceed to our Little Theater for the assembly (9 – 10 AM). Please feel free to invite family and friends – any veterans you may know as well. The assembly program will consist of a performance of our National Anthem by our men’s choral group, a student-produced video -“A Tribute to Service” and another combined choral performance of “In Flanders Fields.” After that, you will be asked to take seats for the panel discussion – “What Service Means to Me and Our Country Today.” This is intended to be a “positive” program to show our appreciation and to impress upon our young people the importance and meaning of service (military or otherwise) to our country and fellow citizens.
In that discussion we ask that as you introduce yourselves, you take 3 – 4 minutes to describe the extent of your military service and then what you feel your service has meant to you and to us… I understand that is not much time to say what is clearly so much more, but I hope that it will serve as an opening for the students to the ask you appropriate questions. To prepare students who will be attending and to keep in the “spirit” of the event, I would like to give them in advance, some background / biographies of each of you to help them formulate their questions. We do not want to diminish the aspect of the pain, suffering and loss that military service can and does bring, but we do not want them to focus on that alone.
So if you would be so kind, and can send to me at your earliest convenience, a paragraph of that background information, I would greatly appreciate it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Again, all of our many thanks for agreeing to do this for our students, and for us the opportunity to show you how much we appreciate what yours and the service of so many others has done for all of us.
A Happy Veterans Day to all this Sunday/Monday and I hope to have a chance to see you at Monday’s service if you are there and then again next Friday.
With Warmest Regards,
John K. Domville
John K. Domville
Social Studies Department
Ridgewood High School
627 E Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-670-2800 X 20683
Cell – 201-666-1883