Veterans’ Day offers a learning opportunity for students at Oak Middle School


By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Staff Sgt. Daniel R. Frysinger Mass. Army National Guard addresses Veterans Day Assembly at Oak Middle School

Shrewsbury – Students at the Oak Middle School, received a history lesson on Nov. 8 when the whole school gathered for an assembly to mark Veterans Day.

“America’s day for veterans is unique among nations in that we honor those that are still with us, reserving Memorial Day for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. So while we honor fallen heroes and honor the memory of our great leaders in other days of remembrance, today we have the opportunity to pay homage to those who are still with us,” stated school principal Dr. Ann Jones in her opening remarks.

Members of the school’s Speech and Debate Team provided a brief summary of the history of Veterans Day as well as a timeline of the 10 major American wars and conflicts.

Staff Sgt. Daniel R. Frysinger with the Mass. Army National Guard was the guest speaker. He has a connection with a member of Sherwood Middle School’s faculty. He serves in the same unit as health and P.E. teacher, Nathan Forest, also known as 1st Lt. Forest.

“I was honored to be requested to come here. It may only be a short 20 or 30 minute presentation but it’s a great reminder to the kids of the bigger picture and the history, if you don’t study it or learn it then you’re going to forget it and then you’re going to repeat it,” remarked Frysinger following the assembly.

North High School Navy Junior ROTC Color Guard posting colors at Veterans Day Assembly
Oak Middle School student Nevin Thinaga addresses Veterans Day Assembly