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Hampton Bays Students Continue to Honor Veterans

Among those honored so far by students were Walter Flaherty, Ray Rand, Joseph Lach, Marilouse Kelly and James Papadrea

The , as promised, has continued it's mission to take history out of the textbooks by honoring area veterans.

which launched in November recognizes one of Hampton Bays' brave each monthly program.

On Veteran's day students payed tribute to their first honoree, Walter Flaherty, 92, of Hampton Bays. Flaherty, a World War II veteran, was more than thrilled as students read poems, sang military songs and spoke of Flaherty's military experience.

Since, students have paid tribute to four more area veterans.

James Papadrea, a Purple Heart and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal recipient was recognized in December. He served as a member of the Marine Corps during World War II.

In January, students held a ceremony for Marilouse Kelly, a Word War II veteran and Army nurse. 

Then, in February, students honored Ray Rand, a World War II veterans who has since passed away. Rand, who was drafted into the Army in 1942 served in Africa and Italy, where he was seriously injred when his tank destroyer  hit a land mine.

In March, , was invted to the school where students raised a flag in his honor. Lach, is a World War II Navy veterans, who has lived in Hampton Bays since 1946.




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