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Alden High School hosts drive-thru ceremony to honor local veterans

This year, because of the pandemic, the school switched to a drive-thru ceremony to honor local veterans.

ALDEN, N.Y. — For the last few years, Alden High School has been holding a ceremony to honor those who have served in the armed forces. This year, because of the pandemic, the school switched to a drive-thru ceremony to honor local veterans. 

The event normally takes place in the school's auditorium, but because of social distancing guidelines, it will take place in the front circle of the school this week. 

"Our schools are the backbone of the Alden community and we always look forward to honoring Veterans from Alden and WNY that have given so much, so that we may live the lives we live," said Alden Central School District Superintendent Adam Stoltman. "I appreciate all the work our faculty, staff and administration has done to make sure these heroes are recognized in these challenging times."

Dozens of veterans who have been nominated by students and staff members will be given a lawn sign in recognition of their service to the United States. Local officials will be on hand and the school will be decorated in red, white and blue.  

The two-day event will start at 11 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.