A tradition of honoring veterans is a key characteristic of Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, NJ. Annually students and teachers host veterans, and honor the fallen, in both Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day rituals.
Since the onset of the COVID19 pandemic in March of 2020, these traditions have continued, though some have shifted to virtual, and others have included only adult volunteers. Still, the Lazar tradition of honoring Montville Township’s veterans remains a consistent priority.
On Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 10:05 a.m., 787 Lazar students, and their teachers, will watch LAZAR HONORS VETERANS – 2021 VETERAN’S DAY VIDEO.
Hosted by social studies teacher and coach, Richard "Rick" Crescente the video explores more than 15 years of Lazar traditions. LAZAR HONORS VETERANS – 2021 VETERAN’S DAY VIDEO is at once both a look back and a look forward, as well as a local history lesson with a global impact.
Working with VFW post 5481, Coach Crescente, and a team of volunteers including LNN (Lazar News Network) video instructor, Caitlin Mosera, explore the graves of Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans buried in the township’s many cemeteries. While placing flags and cleaning stones, Crescente also shares the personal histories of soldiers, as well as the history, and the impact, of each confrontation.
Lazar Middle School's Veteran's Day video combines local history with global impact while honoring Montville veterans.
Additionally, veterans are interviewed on the Veteran’s Day video. They talk about the Montville Township community, and what Lazar’s traditions mean to Montville Township veterans. The veterans share, stories, songs and perspectives on America and its conflicts.
On Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., the Robert R. Lazar Middle School Veteran’s Day 2021 video will also Premiere on the Montville Township Public Schools YouTube Channel.