Veterans Day Ceremony Speeches
November 8, 2011

Robert Shaps, Superintendent of Mamaroneck Schools


Veteran’s Day provides us the opportunity to stop and reflect on our deep appreciation for the shared sacrifices made by countless Americans who served our military and defended our nation. Standing here besides the Kemper Memorial, a place that honors the bravery and sacrifice of the sons and daughters of our community, we take this opportunity to honor veterans who served and returned from military service to help build our nation and carry on the tradition of citizen soldiers. As we take this moment to thank Veterans here today, we recognize that because of your bravery we continue to enjoy the freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We should also pause and think about the family members of our brave service men and women… for the sacrifices that they too make on behalf of each one of us.

We honor those who have served in the past and those who are now defending our nation. We especially honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. While the nation officially honors veterans on a special day each year, we must commit ourselves to consider how we can support Veterans every day to ensure they remain in our hearts and minds. We must find ways to hear their voices and learn their stories so that future generations of Americans can fully understand the meaning of “service to one’s country”and comprehend the importance of shared sacrifice.

On behalf of the Board of Education, the administration, faculty and students, I say thank you to local veterans…our country is stronger as a result of your bravery, leadership, and sacrifice.