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Students celebrate Veterans Day early

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

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Larry Wirtz, from Crown Point, Ind., performed "Red, White, Blue & You!" at Van Buren Elementary Tuesday afternoon for students, staff, veterans and members of the public.

A few years ago, children were excited about Veterans Day, but for the wrong reasons.

"It was just another day off from school for students to go to the mall," Clay County Veterans Service Officer Les Walden said of the missed opportunity for students to learn about the significance the veterans in their lives. "Now that they're in school, students can learn about history from veterans, and the veterans have the opportunity to enjoy visiting students in classrooms."

Honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the military to their country, whether presently on active duty or retired, is the purpose of Veterans Day.

Planting the seeds of knowledge and understanding what service and sacrifice to one's country is very important according to Superintendent William Schad.

"This generation, as well as past generations, need to understand what veterans have done for us. The sacrifice and service veterans have made in service to their country our students need to hear from first hand sources," Schad said. "It is one thing to read about it from a book, it's another to learn it first hand. It's a shame that there's only one day to honor our veterans. We should honor them every day."

All this week, students throughout the grade levels will take time in class to study about Veterans Day.

Students at Van Buren Elementary had their big program on Tuesday when Larry Wirtz, from Crown Point, Ind., performed "Red, White, Blue & You!"

"It is sometimes difficult for a small child to understand what Veterans Day is about," Retired Air Force Vietnam veteran Bill Robison told The Brazil Times after the show. "Being in school is an opportunity (for students) to learn about Veterans Day."

Being able to reach and teach as many students as possible about the meaning of the holiday is the most important factor for having children in school during the holiday said Van Buren Principal Gail Williams.

"The students are always excited to participate in the week-long activities here at VBE," Williams said. "All the schools do a great job teaching our students and honoring our veterans during this time."

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