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The Times
  • Memorial Day observed at Oppenheim-Ephratah

  • The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville community gathered at the Oppenheim-Ephratah school campus for a Memorial Day observance and parade on Thursday afternoon.

    The service kicked off with the parade led by the O-E Marching Hawks with students in grades K-6 marching behind.

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  • The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville community gathered at the Oppenheim-Ephratah school campus for a Memorial Day observance and parade on Thursday afternoon.
    The service kicked off with the parade led by the O-E Marching Hawks with students in grades K-6 marching behind.
    After the parade, the St. Johnsville American Legion Post No. 168 Color Guard took part in the laying of the wreath to honor war veterans, followed by a 21-gun salute.
    “This is something the school does every year for Memorial Day,” said Cheryl Lynch, Oppenheim-Ephratah Board of Education member. “It’s good to remember the veterans who served our country, and although we have a small community, I’m glad we do this.”
    Lynch said the parade and memorial service is usually held on the Friday before Memorial Day, but since the school district used fewer snow days the event was held on Thursday to give students and staff an extended Memorial Day vacation.
    Oppenheim-Ephratah Principal Brett Barr said this was his first year attending the memorial. “I’m really excited to see the kids and I know the staff is as well,” he said. “Throughout the week I have been getting calls from community members explaining how happy they are about the event.”
    St. Johnsville American Legion Post No. 168 Color Guard member Tony Susi the Memorial Day observance and parade have been an ongoing event for over 10 years.
    “We come every year and do the colors and it feels really good to be apart of the Memorial Day observance,” he said.
    Judy Kane, of Johnstown, said she was thrilled to see her twin granddaughters march in the parade. “My granddaughters are in first grade and I love seeing them involved with school events. Unfortunately this will be the last year the school will be known as the Oppenheim-Ephratah Hawks, but I made sure to take plenty of pictures for the girls to see in the future,” she said.
    After the parade and memorial service the marching band led community members into the gymnasium for a high school band and chorus concert.
    Band director Dianne Mott and chorus director Pamela Hammer coordinated the concert.
    After the concert three teachers who will retire at the end of the academic year were honored for their years of service. The honorees included Joy Gould, Angela Bange and Sherri Herringshaw.

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