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IEA Honors Veterans Day with Connecticut Army National Guard Band

102d Army Band of the Connecticut Army National Guard. Submitted photo

The Intensive Education Academy in West Hartford held a special ceremony Monday to honor veterans.


Each year, the Intensive Education Academy (IEA) honors veterans through a Veterans Day assembly.

Students invite those in their families who have served in the various branches of the military to come and be honored at the school. The program includes a number of patriotic songs and gifts the students have created. 

“The Veterans Day assembly is one of the highlights for our school,” said Jeffrey Forman, executive director. “It’s a great opportunity for our school, students and their families to honor our active duty service members and veterans in an engaging and meaningful way.”

This year’s program was enhanced by the performance of the 102d Army Band of the Connecticut Army National Guard. CW3 Christopher Baillargeon, SFC Christopher Desjardins, SFC Christopher Gist, SSG Christopher Schrock and SGT Tucker Barney played a number of patriot songs, including the National Anthem to which all attendees sang along.

The brass quintet was generous in answering student questions, which furthered their knowledge and appreciation of the band and the National Guard. “In my opinion the addition of the band made the whole event come alive. There’s nothing like live music and the National Guard Band is truly amazing,” Forman observed.

As a state approved special education facility, IEA is pleased to offer several educational assemblies throughout the year to supplement student learning. Bringing ideas and concepts to life for students is a large part of the school’s educational philosophy and its project-based learning focus. Those who would like to learn more about the school are invited to visit the IEA website at www.ie-academy.org.

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