NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones,” said a Northbridge Middle School student on Friday, portraying Albert Einstin during the fifth grade’s annual tribute to veterans of the United States armed forces.
That sentiment was expressed by Einstein following the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, which ended World War II.
Veterans and their families filled the Northbridge Middle School auditorium for the Veterans’ Day program. The theme this year was war and peace, and began with a display of war memorabilia provided by the parents and grandparents of fifth-grade students and teachers.
The tribute continues today with a breakfast for veterans and their families from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the middle school.
Robert James Dusza, a World War II veteran, was proud to see his photo from those war years on the wall leading up to the auditorium. His granddaughter is a fifth-grade teacher at Northbridge Middle School, he said.
In addition to photos, the display included uniforms, letters, medals and other precious items the veterans and their families were willing to share.
Poems and letters written for the veterans were read by students. Several of the students took on the personae of world leaders, past and present, including Presidents John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi. Each talked about the hope and need for world peace.
“The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past,” said the student portraying Clinton.
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,’’ said a student who portrayed Ghandi.
The program ended with a tribute in song, each grade representing a branch of the armed forces.