Memorial Day ceremony at JFK High School

The JFK High School community held their 12th annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony on the morning of May 25th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – The JFK High School community held their annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony Friday morning.

Business Teacher and Student Council Advisor Tony Krupski was the master of ceremonies for the event, now in its 12th year.

“This just goes hand in hand with what we’ve been doing over the years.  Remembering an alumnus who has served in our military and has passed on,” said Mr. Krupski.

This year, the school honored alumnus John Fulara from the class of 1967.  He served the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 through 1971.  He died in August 2000.

“These are special designations that we give, and we can give a little more detail as to their service.  It’s nice for the families, and it’s nice for the students,” added Mr. Krupski.

He says JFK High School is one of a few schools in Western New York to pause and remember Memorial Day in this way.

“These are days off for the kids, but they really don’t understand the meaning behind them.  We’re in the business of education and to educate those students about what Memorial Day is all about and hopefully, they can take that with them.”