Riverside School Ceremony Honors Local Veterans, Past and Present

On Friday, November 11, 2022, Riverside School hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony to honor service men and women, both past and present. An annual tradition for the past 22 years, the school held an outdoor event on the front lawn attended by community officials, local veterans, Riverside School students, parents, and staff. The ceremony kicked off at 9:00am with opening remarks from Principal Christopher Weiss followed by the raising of the flag.

Veteran James Harper, a Riverside School parent. Nov 11, 2022 Contributed photo
First Selectman Fred Camillo addressed the crowd at Riverside School while principal Christopher Weiss looks on. Nov 11, 2022 Contributed photo
Greenwich Police Chief Jim Heavey in salute during a moment of silence. Nov 11, 2022 Contributed photo
Dr. Toni Jones Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools addresses the audience. Contributed photo
Principal Christopher Weiss gives opening remarks. On right, vice principal Safiya Key, on left, veteran Barker Keith.
Veteran and Riverside parent Steve Kilcullen speaks to the children about what being a patriot means. Contributed photo

Students with relatives in the military presented flowers to their respective family members who were
honored at the event.

Greenwich Police Chief Jim Heavey then laid the wreath followed by a moment of silence honoring those who died in foreign wars.

Community officials including First Selectman Fred Camillo and Dr. Toni Jones, Superintendent of
Greenwich Public Schools, were also present and addressed the audience. In addition, fathers of current Riverside students, James Harper and Steve Kilcullen shared their experiences in the military and what serving their country meant to them.

“The whole event was a positive example for the kids of how our families, community and nation are all
intertwined as parts of who we are, and displayed how we’re all invested in that mix together,” said
Veteran James Harper.

The ceremony concluded with patriotic songs sung by the Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus and the
Riverside School Staff Chorus.

“We were delighted to be able to gather as a larger community this year to recognize and honor who
have served our country,” said Christopher Weiss, Principal of Riverside School, “It is our hope that our students develop a sense of appreciation for the sacrifices others have made on behalf of their

Veterans Day wreath at Riverside School. Nov 11, 2022 Contributed photo