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Fisher rededicates plaque honoring veterans

American Legion Post 25 Commander Richard Monahan offers rededication of the plaque honoring veterans now mounted at the Fisher Elementary School entrance.

American Legion Post 25 Commander Richard Monahan offers rededication of the plaque honoring veterans now mounted at the Fisher Elementary School entrance.

Fisher Elementary School rededicated a plaque honoring veterans at the school’s Memorial Day ceremony on Thursday, May 22. Special guests included Central Valley Assistant Superintendent Cindy Stocker, Town of German Flatts Supervisor Frank Spatto, Mohawk Village Clerk Judy Bray,  American Legion Post 25 Commander Richard Monahan, United States Air Force veteran Jane Coonradt,  Army veteran Larre Harris and Navy veteran Master Chief Sandy Mays-Brault.

The plaque was originally mounted on a stone monument adjacent to Fisher’s outdoor swimming pool. Rising maintenance costs and increased liability forced the district to close the pool several years ago. Last November, workers salvaged the plaque from its crumbling monument.

“We had planned to rededicate the plaque and to display it prominently on school grounds. Fisher Principal Dr. Marsha Mays-Smith and her staff took the initiative to include that rededication as part of the school’s 2014 Memorial Day celebration,” said Superintendent of Schools Cosimo Tangorra.

“It seems only fitting that we would take this important action in conjunction with this important holiday. We are also pleased that the rededication provides this generation of students with a more personal tie to the men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom.”

Fisher Elementary students greet the veterans and thank them for their service.

Fisher Elementary students greet the veterans and thank them for their service.

Students Richard Shephard, Jr., Kadin Brower and Carson Edick kick off the Fisher Memorial Day program with Dr. Marsha Mays-Smith, Fisher principal.

Students Richard Shephard, Jr., Kadin Brower and Carson Edick kick off the Fisher Memorial Day program with Dr. Marsha Mays-Smith, Fisher principal.

 

Gianna Frank, Autumn Mogensen, Madison Obreza, Gabriella Lawrence and Ava Judd show support to those who have served our country during a moment of silence.

Gianna Frank, Autumn Mogensen, Madison Obreza, Gabriella Lawrence and Ava Judd show support to those who have served our country during a moment of silence.

(left to right) Army veteran Larre Harris, American Legion Post 25 Commander Richard Monahan, Central Valley Assistant Superintendent Cindy Stocker, United States Air Force veteran Jane Coonradt, and Navy veteran Master Chief Sandy Mays-Brault prepare for the rededication of the Fisher Elementary plaque honoring veterans.

(left to right) Army veteran Larre Harris, American Legion Post 25 Commander Richard Monahan, Central Valley Assistant Superintendent Cindy Stocker, United States Air Force veteran Jane Coonradt, and Navy veteran Master Chief Sandy Mays-Brault prepare for the rededication of the Fisher Elementary plaque honoring veterans.