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Hillel Academy Honors Local Veterans

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Students from Hillel Academy took the time to raise the American flag and sing patriotic songs to the residents at Elderwood Village in Vestal on Monday morning. 

Teacher Danielle Kane planned the event to show appreciation to the 6 veterans who live at Elderwood. 

"We just wanted, deep from our hearts, to say thank you for your service," said Kane.

Resident and World War II veteran, 95-year-old John Makowski, sang the students a song from the Navy after they shared their patriotic songs with the residents. 


"It is a surprise, I didn't know this was going to happen," said Makowski. 

Kane says the students made cards, gifts, and practiced their songs for their trip to the senior living community.