Memorial Day education event inspires local youth

By Wendy Ladd

National Grid partnered with NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to host a Memorial Day education event for 100 local students from Roosevelt Middle School at the Veterans Memorial Plaza, in front of the National Grid veterans eternal flame.

With the support of local Long Island veterans and active duty military, seventh and eighth grade students had the opportunity to learn about the branches of the military and Long Island’s service contributions to the United States armed forces.

Hear how our own Juan Santiago kicked off the event welcoming the students in this video …

During the event, students had the opportunity to visit with the different branches of the military Army, Navy, Marines and Air force and learn more about what each branch does through interaction with active duty service members. Students also sit with local veterans to hear their stories and create Memorial Day wreaths to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It was so inspiring to see young students interested and excited to speak to veterans and ask such informative questions, “said Juan Santiago, Manager of Customer and Community Management at National Grid and Navy veteran.” They had a genuine respect and interest in learning about the armed forces and for them to have some fun. I hope that this event gave them a better understanding of what Memorial Day really means.”

The students got to have some fun climbing on a Marine Humvee and learning how to do push-ups from an Army drill sergeant. Students ended the day by writing messages thanking veterans for their service and pinned them to a wreath in memory.

“The Nassau Coliseum Memorial Day event is a great opportunity to educate students on the importance of the day especially remembering those families who have lost a loved one, and the sacrifices they have made,” said Keith Rooney, Director of Customer and Community Management, National Grid and Marine veteran. “National Grid is a proud partner of this event and a strong supporter of employing veterans.”

Groups who participated in the event included Army Recruiting of Freeport, the 25th Marine Regiment, the US Navy Reserves, the USAF Recruiting of Freeport, Rolling Thunder® – NY Chapter 6, and special guests from the United Veterans Organization of Long Island.

One Comment

John Bruckner

Great engagement with the community and a terrific opportunity for our youth.


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