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Brian Miller, left, Chapter Director of Honor Our Vets, presents an Honor and Remember flag to Gold Star Mother Karen Hudson Lounsbury, right of Brian, the mother of U. S. Army PFC Bryan C. Lounsbury who was killed at Foot Hood in Texas while on active duty, at the Veterans Day assembly held at Breed Middle School Friday. Dolly Sullivan, President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., stands next to Karen. The flag is held by Breed Middle School students Alexandra Herrera, left, and Cindy Montesinos.

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By Chris Stevens / The Daily Item Chris Stevens can be reached at cstevens@itemlive.com | Posted 3 days ago

LYNN — Breed Middle School kicked off the Veterans Day weekend Friday with an early morning ceremony honoring all veterans, past and present who served their country both here and abroad.

 

“We’re honoring those people who we love that protected us and gave us the freedom that we have,” said Leadership Council member Brian Vides-Perlera.

The seventh-grader, along with his fellow council members, worked the auditorium Friday like he was hosting a party, greeting guests and ushering them to their seats. He is just one reason why science teacher Julie Collins organizes the ceremony each year.

Collins is a military wife and daughter and knows the importance of Veterans Day, and it’s essential that students understand its significance as well, she said.

“It’s important to keep tradition and keep up the awareness of veterans and support for the military,” she said. “There are even more people joining the military today and the awareness keeps kids on a solid foundation.”

Breed alumni Dave Solimine Sr., who served in the National Guard, Army and Navy veteran Joseph Gould from Saugus, American Legion Post 189 Commander James Sullivan, Chapter Director and Veterans & Military Affairs Coordinator for Honor and Remembrance Brian Miller, Army veterans Tom Champion and David Reece, veteran and Breed alumni Jose Florez and Gold Star mothers Dorothy Sullivan, president of the Rhode Island/Massachusetts Chapter, and Karen Lounsbury were honored guests but not the only veterans honored.

The Student Voice Committee, a group of seventh- and eighth-graders who came together to make the school a better place, also put together a slide presentation that honored staffers and friends and family members of staffers who have served or are still serving in the military.

Miller also surprised Lounsbury with a Gold Star Flag in honor of her son Bryan Lounsbury, who was killed in action in 2008.

Miller explained that the flag was designed by George Lutz, whose son was killed in action.

“He felt there was not enough recognition for soldiers lost in battle,” Miller said.

The flag is red and white, which represent blood shed and purity, respectively. The gold star represents all soldiers who have died serving their country while the navy blue outline represents soldiers currently serving, Miller explained.

“The red and blue flame represents eternal remembrance,” he said.

Miller said arguments are being made in Washington to have the flag recognized nationally, which means it would be flown along with the American and POW/MIA flags.

Students sat rapt with attention when Lynn English High School ROTC cadet Gunnery Sgt. Karen Mejia and cadet First Lieutenant Genesis Grullon performed a drill routine for the crowd.

Collins called the ceremony a great start to the Veterans Day weekend and urged students, if they see a veteran this weekend in particular, to thank them for their service.

“Operation Holiday Cards is also in full swing,” she said. “We here at Breed plan to send 1,000 holiday cards to service men and women in the next weeks.”

Collins said anyone who would like to help can check out the school’s website at http://www.lynnschools.org/ourschools_breed.shtml to find out how.

Solimine and other veterans thanked Collins for the program.

“I’ve always been respectful of those who serve, all the men and women who have saved our country,” Solimine said. “And I think every citizen owes it to all veterans to have that feeling.”

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Brian Miller, left, Chapter Director of Honor Our Vets, presents an Honor and Remember flag to Gold Star Mother Karen Hudson Lounsbury, right of Brian, the mother of U. S. Army PFC Bryan C. Lounsbury who was killed at Foot Hood in Texas while on active duty, at the Veterans Day assembly held at Breed Middle School Friday. Dolly Sullivan, President of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., stands next to Karen. The flag is held by Breed Middle School students Alexandra Herrera, left, and Cindy Montesinos.

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