Breed Middle School held a Memorial Day Assembly on May 27 to commemorate our country’s veterans. The ceremony was dedicated to past and present servicemen and women in the armed forces who have protected our freedom, and included a special photographic display of portraits of loved ones who have served in the military.
“It’s an honor to be here with so many veterans,” said Supt. Catherine Latham. “I am proud that all of the schools in Lynn celebrate Memorial Day. It’s important for us to say thank you for all of the sacrifices that veterans have made for our benefit.”
Four Lynn English High School JROTC cadets and former Breed Middle School Leadership Academy members – Mario Lopez Perez, Elizabeth Castaneda, Rosa Pinto, and Bryan Fresco – presented the colors and performed drills.
“As the wife of a wounded combat veteran, those who survive are the ones who remember most those we have lost,” said Julie Collins, advisor of the Breed Middle School Leadership Academy. “Throughout the years, we have continuously educated students on the importance of Memorial Day and the sacrifices military families make to protect our freedom.”
Students and veterans honored the late Bob Hecker, who passed away in August 2015, and was the founder of the Connecticut Chapter of Honor and Remember. He served in the US Military from 1979-1988, and was impressed by the school’s Memorial Day assemblies. Mr. Hecker’s family and friends presented Breed Middle School with an Honor and Remember flag in his memory.
“Mr. Hecker served as past commander for his local VFW and exemplified patriotism,” said Collins. “Mr. Hecker left a legacy of ensuring that every fallen hero is remembered by name.”