Veteran’s Day Ceremony at The Riley School

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 11:15am

Veteran's Day at The Riley School is acknowledged by a simple ceremony of respect. On Monday, November 11th, at 11:00 a.m. there will be a campus wide call for silence.  All classes then walk in silence to the field and form a large circle.  We will hear a short rendition of taps and we will return in silence to our classrooms.  Silence is broken at 11:11 a.m.

It is not a political statement, it is not a day for flag waving patriotism, but it is a day to be honored.  At Riley, it is a day to reflect on words such as gratitude, peace and justice, goodwill, mutual understanding, and friendly relations with all people. The faculty lead the children in age and developmentally appropriate discussion. For the youngest children, it is experienced as a tradition within the Riley community. For the oldest, it may include a historical discussion about the role of soldiers and freedom. 

This tradition is important to Rebecca Clapp, Head of School, and a tradition she participated in annually from age 4-17.  “I can remember the changing significance of it to me. At first a peaceful time when the whole school community came together for something important to a later recognition of its historical significance and the  WWI fields of poppies to later   remembering a brother lost in Vietnam.”

Inspired by the wise words of Robert Rheault, former board member, alumni parent, army colonel and green beret, and later in life inspired by the Quakers, “We can think about Veteran's Day as a day to honor the soldier, even while distaining war. "

Riley School Alumni are invited to come celebrate peace, community, and to honor all those who protect us.

The Riley School guides children to become independent, lifelong learners and innovative thinkers. Founded as a progressive, ungraded elementary school in 1972, Riley recognizes each child’s unique learning style.  The individualized curriculum challenges children to express themselves and develop their own, intellectual and creative capabilities through doing, questioning and by discovery. 


Accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges and the Maine State Department of Education, Riley School enrolls children K - 9th grade, and  2–4 yrs for the Wade Acres pre-school program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. For more information visit and call the office 207-596-6405 to schedule a visit.