Students say 'thank you' to local Veterans

Students at York Central School honored local veterans Thursday during the 8th annual Golden Knights' Veterans Day celebration.

Students were manning tables at each school in town to raise awareness about Greenlight A Vet and raise money by selling green light bulbs to those coming for parent/teacher conferences.

"The kids are always really excited, and they say, 'I didn't know you were in the Army, '" De Corah said.

The money raised will support Honor Flight. "I live in a community that was built at the end of World War II for returning veterans, and there's veterans that still bought their homes back at the end of the war, still alive, that still don't know resources that are available to them".

Leading up to Veterans Day, several ACSD No. 1 elementary schools such as Linford and Indian Paintbrush hosted an assembly where students sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the attractive".

For the Sturgis Middle School Veterans Day is more than a day off from school, it's something teachers have been working with and educating their students about for some time leading up to today.

The bulbs are $5 but the sentiment may be priceless.

Along with moments of silence and saluting veterans, students decorated halls as Walls of Honor, showcasing photos of family members whom served in the military.

A candle light service was held, where students read statements thanking veterans for their service and excerpts from accounts written by soldiers.

"The freedom of speech we tried to preserve also means the freedom to disagree with even what I'm saying", Tomer said.

He said one thing that was special about his job was he got to live in several states and travel to different countries, which piqued the interest of numerous students who sat at his feet while he spoke.

Many veterans, as well as a couple of active duty service members attended the assembly. "We owe our security to their hard work and sacrifice".

"I'm obviously very happy that I stuck with it and I'm here today", she said.

"It gives them a window into the past", Galvin said. He told them that school is key for life, and emphasized that if they need help, they should ask for it.

Vanessa Coleman

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