High School Students Hold a Proud to Be an American Day


Several students at Somerset Tech in Bridgewater, New Jersey, hosted the school’s annual Proud to be an American Day. They talked to Good Day New York’s Dan Bowens about the experience. Social studies teacher Ed Graf, a U.S. Army veteran, said this was an opportunity for the school to give back in a unique way.

“The program was really designed to show the students about the sacrifice from Memorial Day, we have some Gold Star families in the area, unfortunately, lost her son or daughter in combat,” Graf said. “The students really were not aware of this type of sacrifice and what it really means for our nation so we really bring these families together and honor them.”

Somerset Vocational and Technical High School has held the annual Proud to Be an American Day for the last 15 years. This year, it will honor local ROTC member Anthony Steitz, who died recently in a car accident, and Marine Captain Jesse Helton, who died serving in Afghanistan.

Over the years, it’s all for a good cause. Graf and his students have raised more than $150,000.

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