LESLIE COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) - While many of us remember where we were on 9/11, the students from Mountain View Elementary were not alive. That did not stop their interest at Wednesday's ceremony at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East.
"This has taught me that our nation is very strong. Even though what happened the day that the towers fell. That we still came together in the end. And as a nation we did good," says Josih Sparks, an 8th grader at Mountain View Elementary. " I have learned to be able to grown-up and help people you know."
Helping others like Americans all around the country did when first responders in New York needed help.
"Anybody think about 9/12? What happened the day after? Pride and country. There was not a place anywhere that was not sold out of American flags," said Vada Wooten, Director of Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East. "It is really important that you all learn what happened then so it does not happen again."
Leslie County Schools Band director, Tara Brown, says teaching them the various songs for the branches of the military is a teaching opportunity for her. "It helps them connect to their past," she said. "This is really special to them because they like being able to give back to their community too."
And by having them a part of the ceremony it will give them something they might remember for the rest of their lives.
"I think it will make an impact in their life and I think they will be patriotic from these early experiences," says Carol Joseph, Mayor of Hyden.
Many proud veterans were in attendance at the ceremony, sharing their stories to those who could pass them on.
The students in attendance said they could not wait to be more involved next year.