Members of two local Veterans of Foreign War posts were the guests of honor at a party hosted by fourth graders at Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School Friday morning, Nov. 8.

Several members of VFW Post 3108 in Belfast and Post 6131 Commander Herman Littlefield of Northport turned out for the celebration in the school's cafeteria, which was decked out with red, white and blue balloons and table cloths that all read "thank you." The party also included a wide selection of refreshments for the morning, including baked goods, fresh fruit and cupcakes decorated with American flags.

During the assembly, six fourth graders read poems honoring the service of all veterans, and then all of the children stood to sing a song that carried a special message — through the lyrics, it encouraged those who love their freedom to thank a veteran.

The students also presented the veterans with handmade thank-you cards, and invited the day's visitors to join them at their tables to enjoy all the goodies that were made in their honor.

For those soldiers who are actively serving, the students donated some of their Halloween candy to help boost morale and let them know they are not forgotten. In total, the children donated 137 pounds of candy that will be sent overseas and into the hands of those troops.

As the ceremony drew to a close, Post 3108 Commander Steve Brown expressed appreciation on behalf of all the veterans who came to the party.

"We're proud to serve our country, and we're proud to be here today," he said.

Brown then invited all of the children to join them in the Veterans Day parade in Belfast that is scheduled for Monday morning, Nov. 11, which drew cheers of excitement.

"It's going to be cold, so dress warm," he said.

Veterans Day Parade

Veterans, elected officials, members of local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, as well as band members from Belfast Area High School marched down Main Street Monday, Nov.11, during the annual Veterans Day parade.

The parade began at Belfast Area High School before making its way down to lower Main Street where a brief ceremony was held.