Vetiquette 

       Teaching etiquette towards our veterans

Vetiquette is a nonprofit,character education program that teaches children about the character traits of our veterans, as well as their sacrifices and those of their families. It aims to foster an attitude of gratitude for our veteran community via service projects and connecting students with gold star family members and veterans. 


Announcements and Important Events

We were limited in what we could do at the Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home where almost 50 veterans of WWII through to Vietnam live. Patsy Coleman, a sophomore at All Holy Angels High School, saved the day!! After finishing her virtual classes, she recorded this lovely video for the veterans and residents. The wonderful activities director, Patty Brady, showed it to residents and said it was a real morale booster. After hearing that, Patsy graciously offered to continue doing videos for the residents until the quarantine is over.☘️
Click here to watch


November 11, 2019-Distribution of cards to veterans (various locations). 


LOCAL EVENTS:

-Suffern Veterans Day Parade 11 a.m.

-Gilbert Fontaine, who was killed during Operation Desert Shield in 1990, will be honored with a street naming. The ceremony is scheduled for November 11, 2019 @11:00 a.m. Fontaine served on the USS Saratoga with Chip Hayes, an active local vet. Please come out to show your support. Lincoln & Roosevelt Avenue, Spring Valley NY 10977. 

- New York City: The 100th annual Veterans Day parade will begin with a presidential address. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with a moment of silence. At noon, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Eternal Light monument and the parade steps off. The parade begins from Madison Square Park on the corner of 24th Street and Fifth Avenue and goes north on Fifth Avenue from 26th Street to 46th Street. 


November 8, 2019-Strawtown Elementary Assembly with 5 Veterans representing service from 1942-2016. A special thank you to our veteran panel for making this such a special event: Lewis Green, Charles Hutton, Vito Spagnulo, Dominick Caiazzo and Susan Branam. 


November 6, 2019-WWII Veterans Honored at Tappan Zee Manor in Nyack, New York. 


June 6, 2019 - 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Creation and display of 2,501 8: craft poppies displayed in Nyack to honor each life lost on D-Day.  (See photo gallery) 


April-May 2019- Vetiquette Memorial Day Project 2019-Writing of 30 biographies of fallen service members at South Orangetown Middle School & creation of tribute quilts honoring each of these fallen heroes at Cottage Lane Elementary School. 


Memorial Day 2019-Presentation at Franklin Elementary School in Pearl River, New York


Veterans Day 2018-Creation of cards at WOS Elementary School and Cottage Lane Elementary School 


Memorial Day 2018-Presentation of program and quilt project at Dripping Springs Elementary School in Dripping Springs, Texas


Prior Vetiquette events and projects include but are not limited to:

1. Since 2012, organized annual Memorial Day assemblies which have been attended by over 3, 000 elementary students to date in which students learn about the sacrifices of veterans and blue & gold star families.  Gold star families are presented at assemblies to speak about their loved one’s character traits and life. The families are then given the tribute projects created by the children. 


2. Created a “Wall of Honor” containing 500 individual flags created by students and each bearing the name of a fallen service member and the character traits of that veteran. Each student researched a different veteran who died in service.


3. Sponsored The Lt. Col. Michael Murphy Perseverance Essay Contest for 600 children.


4. Created several individualized “Welcome Home” banners signed by 1,400 grammar school children that welcomed veterans moving into a local Home for Heroes. Organized school children to greet and cheer on these vets when they moved into their homes.


5. Organized annual Veterans Day candy collection for several years  in which approximately 600 grammar school children participated and created gift bags and cards noting the character traits of our veterans. Approximately 20 boxes were shipped to Afghanistan and Iraq. 

6. For the 25 Anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu, organized the creation of booklets honoring all soldiers  killed in the battle whereby one class of grammar school students studied one of these fallen service members. 

7. In May of 2017, presented Lt. Col. Mark Smith, nephew of Tuskegee Airman Lt. James McCullin killed in WWII who spoke at assemblies at Cottage Lane Elementary School and 230 7th graders.

8. In June of 2017, presented Lt. Col. Mark Smith's mother with a quilt honoring her brother lost in WWII at Lt Smith's retirement from West Point.