SGI Elementary School Honors Veterans With Drive-By Parade

SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 12, 2021) — One of Christopher Scarpine’s favorite days of the school year is Veterans Day.

“Our annual Veterans Day ceremony is matched only by a presidential inauguration,” the Springville-Griffith Institute Elementary School principal, a veteran himself, said. “We welcome our veterans in the community into our gymnasium and it’s always really special.”

COVID-19 prevented the standard ceremony from taking place last year. However, Scarpine refused to let another year go by without some form of recognition for the Springville region’s local heroes.

And so, students lined the bus loop of SES on Friday morning, American flags in hand, to thank local veterans during a drive-by parade.

“It’s a little bit different than what we normally do,” Scarpine said. “Normally we’re able to have a nice ceremony inside. But Mother Nature held out for us and we were able to celebrate our veterans in this parade which was ultra successful.”

Accompanied by family members, several veterans decorated their cars with spray paint, noting their branch of service and the wars and conflicts in which they had served. As they circled the bus loop, SES student Paul Schneider played “Amazing Grace,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” and “America The Beautiful” on trumpet, accompanied by music teacher Jamie Briggs.

“We were so happy to be able to do this,” said Scarpine. “Thank you to the community and to everybody who came out to support our veterans.”

SES student Paul Schneider and music teacher Jamie Briggs play their trumpets during the drive-by ceremony.