Memorial Day Assembly

On Friday May 22nd, Manchester Essex middle and high school came together for a school wide assembly. The annual Memorial Day assembly was held in the gym with guest speaker and Congressman Seth Moulton. Moulton spoke about his time serving in the military, and his time in politics.

High school band members prepare for the Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. Band director Joe Sokol goes over again the list of songs the students will be playing that day for the assembly. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
High school band members prepare for the Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. Band director Joe Sokol goes over again the list of songs the students will be playing that day for the assembly. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Congressmen and veteran Seth Moulton walks in the gym with Word War II veteran Larry Kirby. Kirby is over 90 years old and enlisted in the army when he was only 18 years old, the same age as some of the seniors in the gym today. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Congressmen and veteran Seth Moulton walks in the gym with Word War II veteran Larry Kirby. Kirby is over 90 years old and enlisted in the army when he was only 18 years old, the same age as some of the seniors in the gym today. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Band members begin to play The Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. The brass section of the band is in the front row of the instruments, for the best sound. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Band members begin to play The Star Spangled Banner in the beginning of the assembly. The brass section of the band is in the front row of the instruments, for the best sound. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his experiences during war, and what it was like for him to enlist. Moulton spoke about what it was like to serve, and how it changed him as a person.  Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his experiences during war, and what it was like for him to enlist. Moulton spoke about what it was like to serve, and how it changed him as a person. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the chorus sang several songs. Their first song performed was On This Day, conducted by chorus director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the chorus sang several songs. Their first song performed was On This Day, conducted by chorus director Donna O’Neil. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the audience watched intently to the speakers and their experiences. Students stood and gave Moulton a standing ovation to his speech about serving in the military. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the audience watched intently to the speakers and their experiences. Students stood and gave Moulton a standing ovation to his speech about serving in the military. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students in the band wait patiently for the assembly to begin. The back row of the band it the percussion section, with all the drums and symbols. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
World War II veteran Larry Kirby stands and waves to the crowd as he is introduced. Kirby has been actively working throughout his 90 years. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
World War II veteran Larry Kirby stands and waves to the crowd as he is introduced. Kirby has been actively working throughout his 90 years. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Principal Paul Murphy introduces all the veterans who were able to come to the assembly. From Right to left: William Bell, George Nickless, Arthur Secher, and Starr Lloyd. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Principal Paul Murphy introduces all the veterans who were able to come to the assembly. From Right to left: William Bell, George Nickless, Arthur Secher, and Starr Lloyd. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Sound Waves acapella group performed Let Freedom Ring. The Sound Waves perform at many school wide events and community events. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in the Sound Waves acapella group performed Let Freedom Ring. The Sound Waves perform at many school wide events and community events. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The veterans wait and listen patiently while the high school band performs the Marines Hymn, Air force Hymn, and Navy Hymn. The band performed a total of seven songs, along with the entire March Set. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The veterans wait and listen patiently while the high school band performs the Marines Hymn, Air force Hymn, and Navy Hymn. The band performed a total of seven songs, along with the entire March Set. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his work in democracy. Moulton talked about his work ethic and how it was to serve in the military. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks about his work in democracy. Moulton talked about his work ethic and how it was to serve in the military. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
15.Sokol receives a school wide standing ovation. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
15. Sokol receives a school wide standing ovation. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
At the end of the assembly, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy gave a special speech to band director Joe Sokol. It is Sokols last year at Manchester Essex, and he has been here for over 30 years. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
At the end of the assembly, Assistant Principal Paul Murphy gave a special speech to band director Joe Sokol. It is Sokols last year at Manchester Essex, and he has been here for over 30 years. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks to teachers and administrators after the assembly. Health teacher Janda Ricci-Munn speaks to Moulton about his work here at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Moulton speaks to teachers and administrators after the assembly. Health teacher Janda Ricci-Munn speaks to Moulton about his work here at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
History and Government teacher Jen Coleman introduces her AP Government class to Congressman Seth Moulton. The class is full of juniors and seniors interested in politics and in government. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
History and Government teacher Jen Coleman introduces her AP Government class to Congressman Seth Moulton. The class is full of juniors and seniors interested in politics and in government. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

Teachers introduce themselves after the assembly to Moulton. Spanish teacher Robbie Bilsbury introduces himself to Moulton. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Teachers introduce themselves after the assembly to Moulton. Spanish teacher Robbie Bilsbury introduces himself to Moulton. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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