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Dormont Students Read Veterans Day Essays

Two Dormont Elementary students read essays honoring family members during the school's Veterans Day ceremony on Friday.

Dormont Elementary School honored local veterans on Friday during a Veterans Day ceremony.

The ceremony included a tribute to local veterans, several of whom attended and were recognized during the ceremony, a video featuring photos of local veterans who did not attend the ceremony, patriotic songs, and speeches and the reading of essays by two students about veterans in their own families.

Fourth and fifth-graders at Dormont Elementary take part in an annual essay contest where they are asked to pay tribute to one particular veteran. Essay winners received a cash prize of $20.

The fourth-grade winner is Maria Fratangelo, who wrote about her father, Peter Fratangelo. The fifth-grade winner is Sophie Vavrock, who wrote about her great-uncle, Glenn Lee Fullerton.

Both girls read their essays, which can be heard in the videos attached to this article.

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MSgt. John DeLallo November 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
When that little girl read her essay, I found it very difficult to hold it all together. Thanks for posting the video, but you owe me for a half a box of Kleenex. Later, in the library, she showed me a photo of her great great uncle Glenn Lee Fullerton, framed with a patch from his unit in Vietnam. Thankfully, her family has kept the memory of Glenn Lee Fullerton alive, and as long as someone remembers him, he will never be truly gone. That said, I asked her family to please get in contact with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as they are attempting to gather a photo for every name that appears on the wall. It will become part of the new Education Center being built near the Wall. If anyone has a photo of a fallen hero whose name appears on the Wall, please contact me.

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