BY KERRIANN COFFEY, valley dispatch contributor

Since 1919, when former president Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 a day to look back with respect on those who served our country, Americans have taken time out to show their appreciation for the heroic men and women who have fought for our country and freedom.

Many people, however, do not realize that it’s not just adults who want to show their appreciation, but teens, too.

“People need to realize that these kids want to say thanks, too,” said Costa, who also helps out at Pinkerton Academy’s veterans breakfast.

Samantha Bastoni, vice president of the student government, believes that this breakfast is a great event for not only the veterans, but the students also.

“It’s really taught us to appreciate the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line for our freedom,” said Bastoni who added, with a laugh, that working at this breakfast has taught her to make good pancakes.

At the breakfast, guests will have a choice of scrambled eggs, sausage, Bastoni’s “good pancakes,” fruit, coffee and juice, all served by the students.

During the breakfast guests will also be able to enjoy the musical stylings of band director Chris Koening, accompanied by Pelham High School’s band and chorus. The school’s Voice of Democracy winner will also read their winning essay on the meaning of Veterans Day.

“So far it’s been a success, although everyone would appreciate seeing more people benefiting from it,” said Bastoni, who along with Costa hopes this year more veterans will turn out to the breakfast.

The third annual Pelham High School Veteran breakfast will be held on Nov. 10, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Breakfast will be served until 8:45. However Costa said if you’re late, not to worry, they won’t be turning away any hungry people.

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