Brooklyn PK-12 students and staff gathered outside the Brooklyn High School main entrance on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, for a special Memorial Day ceremony to honor the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the United States military. The Brooklyn High School marching band began the festivities at noon with a parade around the outside and through the hallways of the entire campus. Students and staff from each grade level then exited the building and gathered in the front parking lot of the High School. Senior Brianna Luonuansuu accompanied by the marching band delivered an impressive performance of the Star-Spangled Banner, while representatives from the United States military and several Brooklyn High School students performed a ceremonial flag-raising. This was followed by a performance of the traditional “Taps” bugle call by two trumpet players from the band. Senior Sasha Taylor then gave a moving rendition of “God Bless America” before the entire school community.
Brooklyn High School senior Jedadiah Williamson delivered powerful remarks on the importance of remembering the bravery and sacrifice of all those who died in defense of our cherished freedoms. The patriotic ceremony ended with a spirited performance of You’re a Grand Old Flag by the Hurricanes Marching Band. As students and staff entered the building, many stopped to greet and thank the military members in attendance. The Brooklyn City Schools expresses a deep sense of gratitude for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in the United States military.