Decas Elementary School breakfast offers thanks to veterans

By Matthew Bernat | Nov 09, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Erica Griffin, of the U.S. Air Force, arrives to the breakfast with second grade student Sofia Melberg.

Decas Elementary School students and officials invited parents and grandparents to a special breakfast Thursday morning, held in honor of military veterans.

“We just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has served or is serving,” said Assistant Principal Sara Russo. “This is our way of honoring the community.”

Russo, whose husband served in the Navy for 25 years, put together the breakfast, which was held for the first time. She said administrators plan to make it an annual event.

Participants were treated to a slideshow of photographs submitted by students. Veterans of parents, as well as school staff, who served in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard were displayed following the meal.

Former Marine Dan Minkle, who is a retired Wareham Middle School principal, said he was impressed with the event.

“You can tell by the turnout this is definitely important to a lot of people,” said Minkle. “It’s great to see the students here with parents and grandparents who served our country.”

Ryan Nevens, an Army veteran of the 101st Airborne Division, arrived with his three sons – Lincoln, Jack and Wyatt.

“It’s great the school is doing this,” he said. “Veterans Day is important and the kids realize that.”

Army veteran Ryan Nevens eats breakfast with his three sons. From left: Wyatt, Lincoln and Jack. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Air Force veteran Geoffrey Morton with his two sons, Max, left, and Mason. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Families help themselves to breakfast on Thursday morning at Decas Elementary School. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
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