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    Veterans Day Ceremony
     

    On Monday, November 12, 2017 the 12th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Handy, class of 1981, East graduate. Dr. Handy received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and his medical degree from Temple University. Colonel Handy has been throughout the world, treating our military members and the local civilians. Dr. Handy recently retired from the Army National Guard after many years of service to our country. The C.B. East Symphonic Band's featured piece was The Unknown Soldier. Student Hannah J. sang the National Anthem.  Many community members joined OEG members for a light breakfast and conversation after the ceremony.  

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    On Friday, November 11, 2016 the 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. Larry Van Hise. Mr. Van Hise served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He flew over 200 combat missions and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and nine Air Medals for combat flight. The C.B. East Symphonic Band's featured piece was Duty, Honor, Country narrated by Mr. Mark Rubino. Students Nicole B., Nicole H., Carley A. and Maggie M. sang the National Anthem. A beautiful tribute to 9-11 was written and read by student Megan L. Many community members joined OEG members for a light breakfast and conversation after the ceremony.

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    On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 the 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. Mark Pachuta. Mr. Pachuta is a retired Navy Captain and Naval Flight Officer with nine years of active duty and sixteen plus years of Naval Reserve. The C.B. East Symphonic Band's featured piece was Inchon. Ms. Caroline P. sang the National Anthem. Many community members joined OEG for a light breakfast and conversation after the ceremony. 
     
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    On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 the 9th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. George Williams. Mr. Williams is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant. He is a three war combat veteran, serving in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. The C.B. East Symphonic Band's featured piece was Each Time You Tell Their Story. Mr. Mark Rubino narrated. Ms. Chelsea S. sang the National Anthem. Many community members joined OEG for a light breakfast and conversation after the ceremony.  

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    On Monday, November 11, 2013 the 8th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. Scott Teschner. Mr. Teschner was the choir director at C.B. East for 25 years prior to his recent retirement. He spoke about the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. The choir had the honor of laying a wreath there a few years ago and Mr. Teschner shared the history of the tomb and a slide show of the event. The C.B. East Symphonic Band's featured piece was The Unknown Soldier. Mr. Nick G. sang the National Anthem. Many community members joined OEG for a light breakfast and conversation after the ceremony. 
     
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    On Monday, November 12, 2012 the 7th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. Warren Kimmel. Mr. Kimmel is a World War II Veteran of the China Burma India Campaign. He served our country for three years as a Staff Sargeant in the Army Air Corps. The C.B. East Symphonic Band performed numerous selections. Featured piece was "Inchon". Mr. Chris Johnson, teacher, narrated the Armed Forces Salute and Ms. Jess C. sang the National Anthem.
     
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    On Friday, November 11, 1011 the 6th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. Richard Scott, Vietnam Vet, 1967-1969 combat engineer. The C.B. East Symphonic Band performed numerous selections. Featured piece was "Duty, Honor, Country" narrated by teacher Mr. Scott Teschner. Joseph V. sang the National Anthem.
     
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    On Thursday, November 11, 2010 the 5th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. Larry Van Hise, Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps., Vietnam Veteran. The C.B> East Symphonic Band once again performed numerous musical selections. "Each Time You Tell Their Story" was narrated by teacher Mr. Mark Rubino and the National Anthem was sung by Rachel A.
     
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    On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 the 4th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. Bob Staranowicz, Army, a member of VFW Post 175, Vietnam Vets of America and the 101st Airborne Division Association. A musical tribute of "The Unknown Soldier" was performed by the C.B. East Symphonic Band and a media presentation: Vietnam and the Hue Orphanage was presented. The National Anthem was sung by Sam M.
     
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    On Friday, November 11, 2008 the 3rd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Mr. Matt Fisher, Army Ranger, VFW Post 175. The Korean War was spotlighted with both a musical tribute performed by the C.B. East Symphonic Band and a media presentation: Korea, the Forgotten War. "Duty, Honor Country" was narrated by teacher, Mr. Mark Rubino and the National Anthem was sung by Justin B.
     
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    On Friday, November 9, 2007 the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony was held. Keynote speaker was Colonel Greg Marston, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Opening remarks were given by Principal Abe Lucabaugh.
     
    OEG received two recognitions. The first was from East teacher Rhonda Gambill, Marines and Air Force, recognizing the efforts of the East family in their support of her and her fellow airmen while she was stationed in Afghanistan. The second award was presented by Rich Scott from VFW Post 175. This certificate recognized East and OEG as the 2007 Patriot School Award.
     
    A flag folding ceremony was also held. The Umbrell family donated the American Flag that was flying over their son Colby's base the day he was killed in action in Iraq. Don Gee and Corey Fisher, Marine Corps League-Central Bucks Detachment did the honors while Rich Scott explained what each fold meant.
     
    Music was provided by the C.B. East Symphonic Band and the National Anthem was sung by Paul W.
     
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    On Friday, November 10, 2006 the first Veterans Day Ceremony and Wall of Honor Dedication Ceremony were held. Keynote Speaker was Colonel Scott McGowan, United States Marine Corp. Opening remarks were given by Principal Joe Jennelle. Comments presented by Rich Scott, Adjutant VFW Post 175. Color Guard was provided by the Central Bucks Detachment of The Marine Corps League members Don Gee and Bud Pearce. The National Anthem was sung by Eagle Scout, Glenn K. Music was provided by the C.B. East Symphonic Band.
     
    After the Veterans Day Ceremony all were invited to view the Veterans Wall of Honor at its official unveiling. A continental breakfast provided by OEG followed. 
     
     
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    Adopt A Platoon
     
    OEG has adopted East graduates and their company of Marines or Soldiers that were stationed in Iraq.
     
    Students, staff and community members collected various items as requested by our military personnel. Letters and cards of encouragement were also written and shipped.
     
    As of January, 2016 we have shipped in excess of 1,200 lbs. (beyond the Operation Santa boxes) to a variety of military personnel. Thanks to everyone who has helped us in the past!
     
     
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    Adopt A School
     
    During the 2006-2007 school year our adopted platoon adopted a 1,000 student elementary school in Iraq. The platoon asked for our help in collecting new or gently used school supplies and toys for the children. Over 583 pounds were shipped to the children of Iraq.
     
    Once again we helped out a school in Iraq during the 2007-2008 school year. The Teacher told a Marine that students were losing or having their school supplies stolen on their walk home from school. The solution was to give each student a back pack to keep their supplies in at school. OEG collected and shipped five large boxes of back packs and additional school supplies. Included were a dozen 76ers back packs donated by the Sixers Organization!
     
     
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    Memorial Day Flag Replacement
     
    Rich Scott from the local VFW Post gave the history on the decorating of graves and its significance in honoring our military personnel. Students replaced American Flags at a local cemetery prior to Memorial Day. OEG members once again provided this service with Rich Scott and Scott Mays in May, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
     
     
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    Operation Teddy Bear
     
    Prior to deployment, a bear was given to the armed service person who in turn hugged it an presented it to their child. The child was then asked to hug the bear and keep it close. It became a vehicle by which long distance hugs were transmitted, a course of comfort and remembrance.
     
    We collected 137 teddy bears to give to military children.
     
     
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    Operation Shoebox
     
    Operation Shoebox was an extension of Operation Eternal Gratitude that began at East, inspired by Nick Monatesti of the NAS at Willow Grove. Collections of cake mixes, icing, candles, and small toys were placed in shoeboxes and given to the children of the deployed military personnel to celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.
     
    We donated 127 cake mixes and 110 cans of icing to this project.